Oftentimes we tend to take our healings for granted, and if we . . .

Oftentimes we tend to take our healings for granted, and if we do not offer a testimony at the time, the experience may slip away and be forgotten. In an effort to make amends for this kind of neglect, I would like to relate the following.

Years ago when I was a new student of Christian Science, I had a problem with an infected finger. At that time I was a regular attendant, but not a member of any branch church. As I wanted Christian Science help with the problem, I called a practitioner to pray for me. Before the healing came, there was a period when the condition seemed to become much more alarming, as the discomfort and swelling spread into the wrist and arm. I began to wonder what I was going to do. A passage from Science and Health wherein Mrs. Eddy quotes a statement by General Grant came to me (p. 492): "Discussing his campaign, General Grant said: 'I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.' Science says: All is Mind and Mind's idea. You must fight it out on this line. Matter can afford you no aid." This passage stood out to me, and I told the practitioner of my intention to stick with spiritual healing.

Letters to the Press
March 6, 1978

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