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Over forty years ago a severe attack of...

From the October 1966 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Over forty years ago a severe attack of pneumonia kept me from work for six weeks and left me in a weakened condition which did not yield to several months of medical care. I then began to attend the services in a Church of Christ, Scientist, and soon regained normal health and strength. I later applied for a life insurance policy, and the thoroughness of this healing was attested by the comment of the medical examiner that there was not the slightest indication that I had ever had that difficulty.

With great gratitude, my wife and I became earnest students of Christian Science, joined The Mother Church and the branch church I had been attending, and became active on various committees, gaining fresh inspiration as we experienced healings through our study and application of our religion. I am happy to relate here two of these healings.

Just before I retired one night, the sole of one of my feet was painfully injured so that I could not walk on it. As it was midnight, I did not handle the suggestions of injury and pain, but got into bed thinking they would be all gone by morning. I awoke at six o'clock, with apparently no recollection of the injury. The subject of the Christian Science Quarterly Lesson-Sermon for that week was "Sacrament," and the first citation from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy was this sentence on page 35: "Our Eucharist is spiritual communion with the one God." This citation was in my thought, so I remained in bed for a few minutes, dwelling on the nature of God as revealed by the seven synonyms for Him given on page 587 of Science and Health, "Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love."

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