In 1919 I was in my early twenties...

In 1919 I was in my early twenties and was miserable with a very severe case of skin disease which I had had since I was a small boy. It got worse as I grew older. I had tried not only the doctors of medicine but also Indian herb doctors, receiving little or no relief from any of them. Toward the last there were some doctors who would not take the case at all.

At this time I was living in Michigan. A friend from Chicago who was not a Christian Scientist at the time, but who had witnessed a healing of a neighbor, told me about Christian Science and convinced me that it would heal me. This friend gave me the name and address of a practitioner in Chicago. I wrote the practitioner and explained my case in detail to her. She answered my letter immediately and told me where I might buy the textbook. Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. She also gave me some references to study, one of which has always been an inspiration to me when I have been confronted with any problem. It is on page 390 of Science and Health and reads as follows: "We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained, and we should never deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, simply because, to the mortal senses, there is seeming discord. It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony."

The practitioner also told me that she would take up work for me. The following day I was in a mental fog; I mean by this that I did not feel like reading, eating, working, or taking part in any activity. The next day this cleared away, and it seemed to me that I was in a new world. In reality, I was. I then began to make steady progress, and in less than six weeks I was healed and my skin was like that of a newborn child, thanks to Almighty God and this kind and loving practitioner, whom I have never seen. This pearl of great price I had discovered has been a great blessing to me.

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Testimony of Healing
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December 27, 1947

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