When our son was at the age of five, he developed...

When our son was at the age of five, he developed what seemed to be pneumonia. Almost simultaneously there appeared symptoms of mastoiditis. (Christian Scientists don't diagnose, but they, as other parents, are often exposed to descriptions of conditions that other children have experienced.)

At the time, both my wife and I had for many years been members of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition we had been members, at different times, in several branch churches, where we had served in numerous capacities. We had been the recipients of a great many healings through the consistent practice of the teachings of Christian Science. And in facing the illness of our son, we were unified in our confidence that God, who is "no respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34), would not desert us in our hour of need.

Several well-meaning neighbors in the apartment complex where we resided urged us to resort to prompt medical care for the child. However, while we realized that we had the privilege of turning either to medical means or to a higher power than man, my wife and I turned steadfastly to God for the boy's healing. We received great strength in making this decision from Mary Baker Eddy's assuring and comforting words (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 228): "There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God." Also, we recalled that "one on God's side is a majority." We allowed nothing to alter our positive position. We were convinced that in the degree of our spiritually scientific understanding and trust, we would be rewarded with a complete and permanent healing.

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Testimony of Healing
One healing I had was when I pinched my fingers in the car...
June 27, 1983

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