Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy defines the word tithe...

Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy defines the word tithe as "contribution; tenth part; homage; gratitude ..." (p. 595). And in Malachi we read (3:10): "Bring ye all the tithes into the store-house ... and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Every branch church provides a Wednesday evening testimony meeting when students of Christian Science can share experiences of healing. The testimony meeting is one way to tithe and is important both to those who listen and to those who testify.

Over a year ago, during a testimony meeting in our branch church, I told of a healing I had had of a painful condition. Some fifteen or sixteen years earlier my arms and elbows started hurting. Sometimes three or four times a night I was wakened by pain in my arms. A Christian Science practitioner helped me through prayer. Often when the symptoms were apparent, I thought of this statement in Science and Health (p. 151): "The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness." I knew that in my real nature I was the spiritual image and likeness of God, divine Mind, untouched by pain or fear. Confidence in God's love and care for me enabled me to have the rest I needed. I persisted in working this problem out through Christian Science, and I was completely healed. The condition has not returned.

As I sat down after giving this testimony, I realized that I was not using the spiritual truths I had learned to heal a current difficulty. I had had an injury on a tennis court some time before. Because I was able to get around, I had neglected to address the situation. Eventually it had become hard for me to walk and to sit, and then I had prayed more consistently about the trouble. The situation had improved considerably, but I was far from free.

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Testimony of Healing
My parents became interested in Christian Science when I was...
June 12, 1989

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