I wish to express my gratitude...

I wish to express my gratitude for Christian Science and for the many healings my family and I have had through the revelation of the Christ, Truth, as given us by Mary Baker Eddy in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

Twenty years ago I was healed of the tobacco habit, which I had tried in vain to overcome a number of times by will power. This healing came through the consecrated study of the textbook. I have never had a desire for tobacco since, and for this healing I am deeply grateful. To many of us there comes a testing time, a time when we wonder if we are on the right course; but we know there is nothing wrong with divine Principle. If we do not abide by its laws, we can no more expect a healing than a student can expect a correct answer if he adds incorrectly.

The Bible tells us that "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." This passage was a great help to me for a long time, when I was passing through an experience that made me study and apply the truths that Mrs. Eddy has given us through her revelation of spiritual healing. I have been forced to progress from sense to Soul, and I am grateful to the loving practitioners who helped me over the rough pathway and planted my feet on the rock, Christ. I had an experience a number of years ago, when I was doubtful of my course, that showed me I was on the right path, and proved to me the ever–presence of divine Mind. I was working alone by candlelight, in a dark cellar. While I was cutting a hole through a stone wall, the box I was standing on tipped, and the hammer I was using missed the chisel and smashed my finger against the stone wall. I felt that I might faint, but then I knew that this was an opportunity to prove God's allness and omnipresence. I bound up the finger and went to work, at the same time realizing the truth of being and man's oneness with his Father–Mother God. I clung steadfastly to the truth that night, and went to work the next day as usual. When I returned home I found that the finger was all right, and I could bend it like the others. It was such a clear proof to me of spiritual healing that the doubts which had bothered me were driven out, for I had proved the Principle of Christian Science.

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"Fear thou not; for I am with thee"
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