I have had the great blessing of being brought...

I have had the great blessing of being brought up in a home where my mother was a dedicated Christian Scientist. Like many, she was introduced to this teaching through a physical healing. Christian Science healed her of a heart condition that had been diagnosed as incurable. Included in the medical verdict had been the warning that it would be most unwise for her ever to attempt to have children. As a result of her healing, which was the turning point of her life, these limitations were completely removed. Her absolute, unwavering faith in her newfound religion was quite remarkable, and she never evidenced the slightest doubt as to God's healing power.

Although I attended a Christian Science Sunday School and experienced a number of healings as a child, in later years I began to drift away from the practice of the spiritual truths that I had been taught. I entered the Second World War as a very young ship's officer in the Merchant Marine. My advancement could be considered impressive, as, later, I was appointed captain of my own ship at the age of twenty-two. Such responsibility was clearly beyond the training and experience that I had previously received, and I began to turn to God for help and guidance. I also resumed prayerful study of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

It was during the latter days of the war that I assumed command of the ship, and we completed our first outbound voyage to the Philippines without mishap. Soon I began to feel more confident, so much so that instead of giving thanks to God for this successful undertaking, I became quite self-congratulatory.

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Testimony of Healing
One day I was on an outing with some friends
February 10, 1986

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