My first testimony appeared in 1958 in the Sentinel

My first testimony appeared in 1958 in the Sentinel. I would now like to express my gratitude for the continued good that has come to me since that time. Branch church work and the marvelous experience of class instruction blessed me so much during an unhappy period after my marriage was broken. I was able to find work after seventeen years out of the business world, and I remained faithfully on two jobs for over twenty-three years, not missing a full day because of illness.

One healing I would like to express much gratitude for took place two years ago. I had just visited my daughter in Germany and headed for England, where I was to be a guest at a Christian Science Students Association in London. I had my dinner at a restaurant and then retired to the hotel to look over notes and to prepare for the meeting.

About ten o'clock I was suddenly struck with pain and violent retching and upheaval, which appeared to be food poisoning. The pain that accompanied all this was so sudden it was difficult to think clearly or to pray. I was so weak it was difficult to hold my Christian Science books. I finally realized, after several hours of this, that the pain was fear—fear that I would not be able to attend the meeting the next day. I then humbly reached out to God, reasoning, "Surely I could not travel 3,000 miles to learn more of God and His love and miss the meeting." I had to overcome a feeling of being alone and not at all at home. As I prayed I felt God's love and ever-presence. It was like a mother enfolding a child. Soon I was free of the pain. While I did not have unbroken rest until about four o'clock, it seemed like a play I was watching and that I was not really in it. Soon I was improved enough to lie quietly and sleep. In two hours the alarm went off, and I was awake and free and felt so purified. There was no convalescence needed. I was so well, I went to the dining room and ate a big English breakfast of cereal, toast, egg, sausage, and bacon. Also, during the whole day's program I felt no fatigue, nor was I even sleepy, and the truths from that wonderful meeting have stayed with me. But more, the feeling I gained of God's nearness, no matter where we are, has been a milestone for me.

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November 7, 1977

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