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A little over a year ago, before I began studying Christian Science,...
A little over a year ago, before I began studying Christian Science, I developed dry spots on my skin that itched and spread over my body. I presumed I had eaten something to which I was allergic and that the irritation would take its course and disappear. Instead, the condition continued and became worse and worse. Lack of sleep at night was making me very irritable and depressed, and I felt desperate to do something about it.
I decided to read Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. I had witnessed my wife's remarkable healing of rheumatism, which took place as she read this textbook loaned by a friend. She had continued studying Science in the fifteen years since, and she now encouraged me to do the same. She quoted a line from Science and Health where Mrs. Eddy reminds us that "'man's extremity is God's opportunity'" (p. 266).
I began to read and study the textbook, but my nights were still broken with the constant irritation. When I attended a Wednesday testimony meeting at the local branch Church of Christ, Scientist, with my wife, I heard a testimony by a man who spoke of a similar difficulty in getting to sleep. He decided to telephone a Christian Science practitioner for help. The practitioner's gentle rebuke to the suggestion of pain disturbing the patient's rest came in the form of an order to go back to bed and get to sleep. That's exactly what the man did, and all was well in the morning! My thought on that testimony was, "If only someone would tell me with such authority to go back to bed and get to sleep!"
The key within
BARBARA M. VINING
Fear is nothing to be afraid of
MARGARET C. ROBINSON
Bigger problems—greater joy
CARL J. WELZ
When all else has failed
CATHRYN TOOHEY ADAMS
Anybody perfect? Yes, God's man!
The Comforter—Christ over crisis
SHEILA P. GEIER
No lack of self-worth
Expanding our patience
RUTH H. POYSER
Being an audience for Truth
GEOFFREY J. BARRATT
The lure of purity
BEULAH M. ROEGGE
A Love story
Kristin Marion Helmore
In 1973 I was confronted with severe pain in one...
VERONICA A. RAGATZ
One afternoon while riding my bicycle, I was struck by a car...
HELEN W. DOEMLING with contributions from MARGO DOEMLING
In 1910 my mother's sister was under medical treatment for a...
GLADYS E. SCHULZE with contributions from LORENA SCHULZE BALLARD
LETTERS TO THE PRESS
with contributions from DAVID W. BARTON, R. ROSS COLLINS, A. W. PHINNEY