At the age of twenty I was a bed patient in a tuberculosis...

At the age of twenty I was a bed patient in a tuberculosis sanitarium, completely demoralized and discouraged. The specialists, who based their findings on X-rays and various tests, explained to me that I must be resigned to living the life of a patient. And they gave me no assurance as to how long that life might last.

Up until that time, I don't believe that I had ever really prayed. But I vividly recall that after hearing this hopeless prognosis, I did turn to God with deep humility and this supplication for guidance: "God, tell me what to do, how to go. To me there seems no way out, but there must be a way out."

The next morning, another patient gave me a copy of a magazine. It contained an article by one of the world's most successful insurance men, who was also a former First Reader of a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, in New York City. In this article, entitled "I got tired of being a fool," the author told how, as a young man, he was down and out, a skid row character on the streets of Chicago. Then Christian Science came into his life and completely turned it around. He was healed of alcoholism and went on to be a successful businessman.

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Testimony of Healing
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March 21, 1983

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