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It is with deep gratitude that I send my testimony to...

From the February 1908 issue of The Christian Science Journal

It is with deep gratitude that I send my testimony to tell a few of the many blessings which I have received during my short study of Christian Science. I had from infancy attended an orthodox church regularly, and loved it, but, although I received a certain amount of happiness, for years trouble and sadness were always at hand, with never a ray of light to be seen, till finally I gave up the church (after trying various others), only to become a hard and bitter skeptic. This state of utter darkness lasted for eight or nine years. I never entered a church or accepted any Biblical teaching, and I repelled all who approached me by the bitterness of my thought. To others this was a sad state for one of early years.

In February, 1906, I had an ordeal to go through, lasting a few weeks, which I knew would mean great fear. A younger sister had heard of Christian Science and loved it, although knowing little of it. She suggested that I should try the treatment. At first I hesitated, but next day I wrote to a practitioner and an appointment was made. It was with a feeling of mingled doubt and curiosity that the appointment was kept, but it was with a feeling of indescribable happiness that I left the practitioner, whose loving and assuring words soon convinced me that I had at last found the true understanding of God and the Bible. The sense of fear was beautifully met. I accepted Christian Science, bought the little book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and studied it with greed. I soon found that the Bible must also be studied with it. This, too, I did, and what I felt and gained thereby it is impossible to express in words. I saw clearly the meaning of our Master's words, "Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." With joy and humility I continue my search, remembering the words of St. Paul to Timothy, "Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them."

Up to the time of my acceptance of the truth I had been for some years under the care of various doctors, and was still, each year being worse than the last. I had for two years suffered severely with my throat and another serious ailment, both growing worse and no promise of a permanent cure for either. On becoming interested in Christian Science I at once cast away all material methods and my throat was healed almost immediately. In the other case relief came at once, the healing being gradual. I have had many wonderful demonstrations of the power of Truth over error, too numerous to mention here. I have been healed of rheumatic and severe nervous trouble, bronchial weakness, toothache, etc., and glasses have been dispensed with, while the peace and comfort I have received in Science is truly beautiful.

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