I am so grateful to God for His goodness that it is long past time...

I am so grateful to God for His goodness that it is long past time for me to give a testimony of thanks. I was raised in a family of Christian Scientists, but I never really knew how to practice it when I was young. I called on my mother, grandmother, or a Christian Science practitioner for help when I was ill, which was seldom. When my own children were small and began to have various so-called childhood diseases, I decided to get them and myself back into the practice of Christian Science. I enrolled the children in a Christian Science Sunday School and started attending church services regularly.

Shortly after this I found our younger son, then about five years old, very feverish and complaining of pains in his arms and legs. When my husband, who was not a Christian Scientist, came home, he wanted medical care for our son. By then the boy's condition was alarming and he kept losing consciousness.

I was so frightened by our son's appearance, I was in a state of panic. However, one thought kept coming to me—I was convinced that only God could save him. I felt this so strongly that I asked my husband if we could wait until morning, as I wanted to telephone a Christian Science practitioner. He agreed, somewhat reluctantly, and I shall never forget the calm voice that answered my call for help. No matter how I tried to impress upon the practitioner the picture of a sick child, she refused to be moved and assured me he was in God's care.

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May 30, 1977

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