Some time ago I had a very severe...

Some time ago I had a very severe pain in one knee, and the leg became swollen. This condition went on for a few days, and I tried to help myself through prayer as we are taught to do in Christian Science; but there was no physical improvement. So I decided to telephone a practitioner and ask for Christian Science treatment. While talking to the practitioner I felt such a sense of Love's presence that the pain completely vanished even before we had finished talking.

However, the knee became stiff and continued to be stiff for about two weeks. Whenever possible I took the textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, and studied it. I knew that the practitioner had done her work and that there was something in my thinking that needed to be corrected.

One evening while studying the textbook, I came to these words (p. 395): "It is mental quackery to make disease a reality—to hold it as something seen and felt—and then to attempt its cure through Mind." I realized then that I was holding the stiff knee "as something seen and felt"; I was holding on to a material sense of man instead of acknowledging that the man God made is spiritual, upright, pure, and free. I fell asleep thinking along these lines, and sometime during the night the knee opened and drained. The next day I was able to move it normally.

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Testimony of Healing
When I was a young girl...
December 16, 1961

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