I say that I am grateful for Christian Science, but it is impossible...

I say that I am grateful for Christian Science, but it is impossible to be grateful enough when I think of my many blessings. The Psalmist said (Ps. 139:17, 18): "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand." I certainly cannot count the sand; similarly, I cannot count all my blessings from Christian Science.

When I was serving in the military during World War II, one time several of us soldiers went swimming in the ocean. I was a fair swimmer and thought that the undertow spelled trouble only to those who were inexperienced. I went alone into the water, which that day had twelve-foot-high waves, and I was swept out to sea immediately. In my need I turned completely to God. Soon I got my bearings, the extreme pull of the undertow subsided, and I was able to swim back to shore safely. I was grateful not only for the protection but also for a lesson in wisdom.

Years later I had a healing that has stood out to me ever since. I had helped lift a heavy desk, and in the process I ruptured something. Right after this I called a Christian Science practitioner, who started praying for me. Two days later the internal bleeding stopped. During the next several months I continued to work in Science for the full healing. At times, there was pressure from my employer and from a member of my family for me to have material medical help. But I knew that God is the only power and that this power could heal me; I stayed with Christian Science. "The scientific statement of being" on page 468 of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy was most helpful then. This complete healing has stood for many years.

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February 16, 1987

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