I have had the privilege of being a lifelong student of Christian Science,...

I have had the privilege of being a lifelong student of Christian Science, and I have always been grateful for the fact that I grew up in a family where medical theories and opinions were discounted.

An early physical challenge was a chronic condition of recurring severe headaches. Over the years the attacks modified some-what, but it was not until one particular day that I was completely healed. I was sitting on the top deck of a bus in Manchester, awaiting its departure, when an attack came, tempting me to hurriedly leave the bus. However, I held my ground, stayed in my seat, and silently refuted the lie of pain. This rejection of the error broke the mesmerism, and I have remained free from headaches ever since. That was many years ago.

In 1961 I became aware of an abnormal condition between my shoulders that caused swelling. I commenced to pray about this, but after some days I sought the prayerful help of a Christian Science practitioner, who lovingly supported me for the next few months. We were in touch almost daily by telephone. The condition had been discharging, heavily at times, but I continued with my job as a departmental manager and with my duties as First Reader in my branch Church of Christ, Scientist.

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August 27, 1984

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