About thirty years ago I underwent surgery that left me in a...

About thirty years ago I underwent surgery that left me in a weak, fearful, and nervous condition. I lost forty-five pounds of my normal weight in a few weeks. I stayed in bed most of the time. During this illness a friend brought me a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, saying that if I'd read and study the book, it would help me.

I did try reading the book, but I felt I didn't understand what I read and lost interest in it. I put the book under the mattress under my pillow. It stayed there several weeks unread. One evening as I was feeling low in spirit, I decided to try again to read Science and Health. I turned to the first page of the Preface, which begins (p. vii), "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings." I thought, "Well, that sounds good." I read no further, but instead of hiding the book again, I walked over to a chest of drawers that was near the foot of my bed, put it on top of the chest, turned out the light, and went to sleep. That night about midnight, an inner voice wakened me, impelling me to get up and read Science and Health. I began to read Mrs. Eddy's words (pp. 193-194), "It has been demonstrated to me that Life is God and that the might of omnipotent Spirit shares not its strength with matter or with human will." Reading further on page 194, "When one's false belief is corrected, Truth sends a report of health over the body." I wish I could explain how free, unburdened, and well I felt afterward. I knew I was blessed through the reading of the words in the little book. I soon resumed my normal activity, including normal eating and driving my car. I also quickly gained my normal weight. I at once began the study of the Bible Lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly and have kept it up daily ever since. This healing led me to regular study and a deep love of Christian Science.

I have had many wonderful healings since this time. Some were slow, some were instantaneous. One of the instantaneous ones was the healing of a badly sprained ankle. I hobbled to the telephone to call a Christian Science practitioner. Among the things she said was that this is God's day! While I listened to her statements of the truth of man's spiritual state in God's likeness, the pain left me, and I walked away from the telephone with perfect ease—healed! I was overjoyed!

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April 3, 1978

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