A Remarkable Testimony

IN the ninth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew may be found an account of the healing by Christ Jesus of one "sick of the palsy." The record reads in part: "They brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. . . . Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house."

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in an hour of dire need turned, as was her custom, to the Bible for inspiration and comfort. Opening the sacred pages to the ninth chapter of Matthew and reading this record of healing, she too arose, dressed herself, and from that time on enjoyed better health than she had previously known. Speaking of this experience, Mrs. Eddy has written in "Retrospection and Introspection" (p. 24): "Even to the homoeopathic physician who attended me, and rejoiced in my recovery, I could not then explain the modus of my relief. I could only assure him that the divine Spirit had wrought the miracle—a miracle which later I found to be in perfect scientific accord with divine law."

In pondering this healing, Mrs. Eddy discerned the mental nature of disease, and discovered the remedy to be spiritual awakening and regeneration, a putting off of the old man and a putting on of the new or real man. As a direct result of this healing, in due time Christian Science was founded, and today its movement encircles the globe, while its benefactors are to be numbered by the thousand.

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Individual Preparation for the Lectures
January 20, 1940

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