More than half a century ago my parents took up the study of...

More than half a century ago my parents took up the study of Christian Science after my mother's health was restored through the prayers of a practitioner. Several specialists, including members of the faculty of a well-respected midwestern medical college, were unable to diagnose her illness fully or give her any lasting relief. Unwilling to accept either the dire predictions of the physicians or the plea from his minister that he resign himself to the loss of his wife, my father sought the help of the only Christian Scientist in their small community. Within a few days Mother was up and was able to perform many of her normal household duties.

Sometime ago, in telling me of her healing, she said, "Within a few hours after the practitioner began to work for me, I felt that I was healed, and it was apparent to me that my strength was returning." All the false claims urged upon my mother by the well-intentioned medical doctors were one by one proven powerless; and the healing has been permanent.

As a high school student, I was forced to learn that as a child of God man constantly reflects and expresses intelligence. It seemed almost impossible for me to complete examinations in the allotted time. An alert practitioner pointed out to me a passage on page 128 of the textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. The passage reads, "The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man." Through studying the entire paragraph in which this sentence occurs and applying the truth it contains, I was able to overcome the tendency to lag in my written tests; and as a result I was able to complete my high school course with superior marks.

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December 17, 1966

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