"I love the Lord, because he...

"I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me therefore will I call upon him as long as I live." Since my mother was healed of tuberculosis of the lungs many years ago, we have turned solely to God in prayer for physical healings and for every need. In our family of five children a number of healings have taken place, including those of St. Vitus's dance, burns, frostbite, scarlet fever, and many other disturbances.

About eight years ago, while on a fishing trip in a remote section of forest, I '"broad-jumped" a creek, and my feet slipped from under me as I landed. I fell heavily and bounced off the rocky shore, flat on my back. Truths that I had learned in a Christian Science Sunday School came to me: "God is Love," and "God is ever present." Although my whole body seemed paralyzed, there was no fear, but only a comforting sense of God's presence. In a short time I arose, experiencing only a slight stiffness of body, which soon left. In my gratitude I felt like singing in the words of the Psalmist, "Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise?"

Mary Baker Eddy tells us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 4), "Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Him; but the longing to be better and holier, expressed in daily watchfulness and in striving to assimilate more of the divine character, will mould and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness." As we lose faith in matter and a false sense of self-sufficiency, we gain "the longing to be better," and the sense of nearness to the Father which knows no pain nor fear—the right desire which, as Mrs. Eddy says, is prayer. It lifts our thinking above self, above sense testimony, to the place where we can recognize, however dimly, man's true relationship to God as His image and likeness.

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Testimony of Healing
About ten years ago I took up...
November 6, 1943

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