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"Let your light so shine before men, that...

From the February 1976 issue of The Christian Science Journal


"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16). Because of a Christian Scientist's obedience to this statement of Christ Jesus', I asked her if she thought Christian Science could heal my mother. Mother had been an invalid for over twenty years with nervous prostration accompanied by other difficulties. The Scientist, who was our neighbor, replied at once, "I know that she can be healed." She loaned me a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and told me where I could purchase it for Mother.

Before I had read three pages I knew this was what I wanted for myself as well. Every spare moment was spent in study. I sent for a copy of the textbook for Mother, and within a few months she was healed and living a normal life. In a short time my husband also became a student of Christian Science and had some wonderful healings. One was the healing of a cancerous growth, which completely disappeared in less than a month. His healing of heart trouble took several months. He was grateful for this time devoted to healing and prayer because of what he realized he needed to learn and understand of God and His perfect creation.

One of the many healings I have had was that of arthritis. After weeks of painful suffering it was decided that I should go to the Christian Science Benevolent Association, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. When I arrived there, the nurse had reason to leave the room. While I sat alone, there came to my thought the experience I had had of watching the construction of the Sanatorium. A friend was going to be employed there, so she and I went up the hill several times to watch the progressive steps of building. At that time most important to me were the thoughts of its purpose and fulfillment—Christian healing, through complete reliance upon God, as Christ Jesus taught. Then I asked myself, "What am I expecting now for myself?" When the nurse came back I had this happy message for her: "The pain has disappeared and I know I am healed, but I do not want to leave here." It was arranged for me to spend a most joyous week. Before leaving I was playing pocket billiards with the arm that had been lame.

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