"O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy...

"O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise" (Ps. 51:15). Before making my entrance as an opera or concert performer I have tried to pray in this way. Prayer has carried me through many difficult moments when I have forgotten words or music and has helped me overcome severe cases of nervousness.

My first demonstration in Christian Science was so overwhelming and dynamic that I felt I had discovered what I had longed for all my life. When work was needed to pay for my rent and bills that had been accumulating for some time, I received a long-distance call asking if I could sing an operatic role the very next evening in one of the largest opera houses in Europe. I impulsively accepted, thinking God had answered my need. I refused to think that I was unqualified (I had never sung the role in a performance), and I made all the necessary preparations to arrive next day at noon.

During my plane trip the next morning, I studied my score. With each new page I felt more sure that I had had no business accepting this task, for I remembered nothing of what I had learned three years previously when I had been asked to rehearse the role for another singer who would sing in the premiere and the following performances.

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Testimony of Healing
I should like to relate a healing which took many weeks but...
August 26, 1967

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