At one time in my experience I...

At one time in my experience I became rather lax in my study and application of Christian Science and consequently found myself in the same predicament as that of the foolish virgins, who are described in the twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew as having neglected to keep their lamps filled with oil and burning.

Since my illness was never diagnosed by a physician, I do not know what the medical name would be; but I had difficulty in breathing, which was accompanied by severe pain, as well as considerable stiffness that caused difficulty in walking. I called a Christian Science practitioner who worked for me for about two weeks. Since I was living alone, I had to take care of my own physical needs; I was able to do this with the help of a few friends who lovingly brought me food during their lunch hour. The practitioner also helped in this way, as well as doing the prayerful work.

The practitioner knew that I often received help from the hymns. One day she asked me to read and study "Christ My Refuge" by Mrs. Eddy. As I studied the words of this hymn, it seemed to mean much more to me than it had ever meant before. The first two verses stood out particularly. They read (Poems, p. 12):

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Testimony of Healing
It is with a deep sense of gratitude...
October 24, 1959

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