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!"

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Testimony of Healing
In 1910 my mother's sister was under medical treatment for a...
September 15, 1980

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