In one of the Christian Science...

In one of the Christian Science periodicals over twenty years ago there was a testimony of rejoicing because of my instantaneous healing of so-called incurable complaints. I had been an invalid for many years and had been restored to health and activity. I have loved Christian Science through all the years, but some time ago I realized that a sort of apathy had stolen away much of my joy and I had sometimes been asleep to the need of daily work in Science.

Then a sharp illness came suddenly. It was peculiarly hard to bear, as I was living alone. I was unable to eat without great pain and misery, which were increased by my seeming inability to keep my thought from dwelling on the evil conditions. A practitioner worked for me, but I was so filled with self-pity that I did not respond.

One evening I was suffering greatly, feeling as though I had eaten something poisonous, when the fact was I had not eaten anything at all through the day. Suddenly tears were streaming down my face, and I cried aloud: "I don't know what to do. Oh, show me what to do!" As though in answer, a sentence from Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy came to me (p. 444): "Step by step will those who trust Him find that 'God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.'" Peace came, and I realized my Father's presence as never before. A light seemed to be shining in the room, and I was reminded of Paul on the Damascus road; and in a moment I knew that I was well.

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August 18, 1951

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