For years I had been satisfied with the theory, held by...

For years I had been satisfied with the theory, held by certain leading psychologists, that Christian Science was merely a form of healing brought about by self-mesmerism, but when I saw the regenerating influence of a healing on the life of a friend, I realized that this must be a religion with power, and I was ready to read the textbook, Science and Health by Mrs, Eddy, without prejudice.

The beautiful reasonableness of Mrs. Eddy's explanations regarding prayer deeply impressed me, and I eagerly read the book through in a fortnight.

During that time I experienced a condition common since childhood, of severe sick headache, which I had been accustomed to relieve by means of a tablet and a period of fasting. This afforded an opportunity to apply what I had learned of the new-found teaching, so I threw myself on my bed, closed my eyes, and began earnestly to repeat the Lord's Prayer with its spiritual interpretation (Science and Health, pp. 16, 17). Stopping at the words, "Enable us to know," I realized that they expressed my sincere desire, and in a few moments I arose with the buoyant sense of a complete healing. About a year later it seemed necessary for me to go with someone to a restaurant while I was suffering with a similar attack of headache and nausea. By holding steadfastly to the statement in the twenty-third Psalm, "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies," and recognizing my enemies in this case to be the false arguments of fatigue, I was able to carry on, and take a long streetcar trip, returning late at night with a constantly increasing sense of freshness and enjoyment. This healing has been of great value to me.

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Testimony of Healing
"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness...
February 18, 1939

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