[Original in German]

In 1952 I related in a testimony in The Herald of Christian Science...

In 1952 I related in a testimony in The Herald of Christian Science, German Edition, how I came to Christian Science exactly fifty years ago. An acquaintance, whom I had known as a dyspeptic, was healed through Christian Science. I received some Heralds, which I read with great interest, since I myself was seeking healing of serious mental troubles. Soon I attended Christian Science church services; I met a practitioner, who supported and instructed me in my beginning study of Christian Science. I withdrew from a Protestant church, became a member of a branch church, of The Mother Church, and had class instruction. I assumed many church duties, served as Second Reader and First Reader, and was active in the Sunday School for many years.

When I came into Christian Science, I was a young woman; today, eighty-six years old, I am still active on committees and in the healing work. I have only the teachings of Christian Science to thank for my continuing good health. It has not always been easy, but in all my trials Christian Science was always a source of spiritual strength and enhanced my life. God was my only physician in every need. In the Bible is found the following comforting verse (Isa. 46:4): "And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoarhairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you."

This biblical promise came true for me recently. I awoke one night feeling dizzy. When I got up and went to the window to open the shutters, I fell. My body became stiff and I could no longer move. I could not crawl to the telephone or to the bed. The situation appeared very grave, but mentally I was suddenly free, so I could pray without fear. I felt God's presence and affirmed scientific truths of my spiritual perfection aloud, clinging to God, as it says on page 495 of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy: "When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought." I did not give up the battle, and after one and a half hours (I could see the clock), the mesmerism was broken. My body was free. I could go to bed, and I suffered no ill effects from the cold room, though I had worn no robe.

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September 12, 1977

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