About sixteen years ago, when I...

About sixteen years ago, when I was looking for some English literature in my grandfather's library, I found a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. The more I read it, the more my interest was awakened, and I took the book home with me for further reading. Two years later, on a visit to England, a friend of my family's who was a Christian Science practitioner invited me to attend a service in a Church of Christ, Scientist, and talked to me of God. Up to this time it was the high moral standard of this religion which appealed to me most, and I liked the idea of God as Principle and Love.

The Second World War put an end to communications with friends abroad. In 1941, when in enemy territory during a close fight, I was shot through my right arm. I felt intense pain and fell back into the dark, and when the enemy advanced further I was about to give myself up. And then and there I remembered some of the truths I had heard and read long ago in Science and Health, and I became aware of God's presence and power to save me. Suddenly there was no more pain in my arm, and in the morning I found myself in safety. My arm was completely healed within four weeks, instead of three months as predicted by the doctors.

Two years later, as a prisoner of war in Morocco, I was in the hospital with inflammation of both lungs. The doctor told me I was in a critical state and the lieutenant medic observed, "He'll die before tomorrow." It was shortly before Christmas, and I tried hard to remember how Christian Science would define my present state. Since I was actually God's image and likeness, was it really true that I was ill at all? I was satisfied that it could not be true and that sickness is an illusion. Five days later I was discharged from the hospital in complete health.

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Testimony of Healing
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December 1, 1951

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