The first line of one of the hymns in the Christian Science Hymnal...

The first line of one of the hymns in the Christian Science Hymnal reads(No. 3), "A grateful heart a garden is." For fifty years my garden of gratitude has been beautiful and satisfying with ever-increasing fruitage. I can tell of a transformed life, of never needing a physician or of having to resort to taking medicine during that time. I was healed of chronic colds and of the smoking habit. I was completely healed of a raging fever in a couple of hours. But the spiritual regeneration has been the greatest blessing of my life.

As a child and as a young boy I experienced many illnesses and always rebelled at these impositions. I had been taking so many different medicines and pills that, even as a child, I became resentful, smarting at what I considered an injustice. Then one day came the thought, "Why do I have to take so many medicines? Why can't someone invent just one medicine for all sicknesses?" As I now look back, I can see that God was with me and guiding me. Little did I know that about twenty years later my desire so devoutly wished for would be fulfilled through Christian Science.

I was an actor in the legitimate theater. At one time the part I was playing necessitated using my voice in a raucous, screaming, and violent manner. One Sunday morning I awoke with my voice completely gone. I could not speak even in a whisper. My throat felt raw and sore. The next day I early sought the help of a Christian Science practitioner. But on my way to the appointment I saw that I must carry out Paul's words(II Cor. 5:8): "We are confident, I say, and willing . . . to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." I needed to do this so that I could realize the healing power of the Christ. This I did to the best of my ability.

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Testimony of Healing
How can I convey what Christian Science means...
January 31, 1970

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