I gratefully acknowledge the...

I gratefully acknowledge the many blessings that have come to me through the study and application of Christian Science. Fourteen years ago I began to all, and for two years had to be off much of the time from work. Finally this led to a surgical operation for ulcers of the stomach which did little good. By August, 1937. I had to quit work entirely and put myself into the hands of medical doctors. They said I still had ulcers of the stomach and, in addition to this, arthritis of the spine. After nearly two years of all kinds of treatment by doctors, surgeons, osteopaths, and chiropractors, I was pronounced incurable. By this time I had paid out all my savings and, with my wife and two small daughters, was on relief.

At this gloomy time a Christian Science friend said to me, "Man's extremity is God's opportunity." I could not understand that, however, until later, when I turned to the study of Christian Science. I was discouraged and full of self-pity, but agreed when my friend asked me to come to church Sunday morning and meet a gentleman who she felt sure could explain away a lot of prejudiced doubts in my distorted views on all things pertaining to God and man.

I got out of my "bed." a cellar door on two trestles, which was to eliminate spring and keep my back straight, for my back, like my outlook, was distorted. Thank God. I went to church that Sunday and met the gentleman, who invited me to come to his office for a talk. I managed to drag myself there several days later when I seemed worse than usual. He broke down every argument I put up. Then I listened to him and felt relaxed. Three hours later we went out together to walk a mile to the Reading Room, so that I might get Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. During our brisk walk the suggestion came that I was still badly crippled, but we continued and I got my Science and Health and felt that I was on the right track. If I could walk a mile at a brisk pace after one treatment there must be something to Christian Science!

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The Practitioner
April 26, 1947

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