"For this we bless Thee, Lord"

Strangers in the Wednesday meetings in Christian Science churches, impressed with the testimonies, sometimes ask if certain ones have not been assigned to speak, and to speak on certain subjects. They have found it difficult to believe that so interesting and effective a group of talks could come simply as a spontaneous outpouring of gratitude. Sometimes they have asked further if certain specific expressions of thankfulness in the testimonies, as for example for the work of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, were not required, and have been surprised again when the answer was in the negative.

The truth is, as all those familiar with the circumstances know, that the testimonies in our churches and also in our periodicals represent in only a very modest way the benefits received by students of Christian Science and the gratitude which they feel Many, many times the number of testimonies given could be given, and in the hearts of all who might supply them is a profound thankfulness that there was such a woman as Mrs. Eddy, and that her work was what it was, that of revealing for all mankind the liberating truth of being. For this is what Christian Science is—the truth which Jesus taught, and which he said and continually proved would make men free.

Characteristically, the Christian Scientist is one who has seen such proofs in his own life, and who has seen how readily they surpass in interest and beauty all other human experiences. He was perhaps bound by disease, sorrow, lack, or some other evil condition. In countless instances, the trouble was so inveterate and deep-seated that he had no hope of release from it. And then one day the release came, and left him happier than he had ever been.

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November 21, 1942

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