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Giving thanks

God’s realness in our lives and the healing it brings

From the November 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal

At a time of great need in our family several years ago, I happened to pick up at the local Christian Science Reading Room a little pamphlet with the meaningful title “Triumph of Good.” The pamphlet reprinted a number of articles and testimonies of healing from this denomination’s publications, including two testimonies originally published in this magazine in 1955.

Testimonies of healing have been published in this magazine and the denomination’s other religious periodicals for more than a century. Most are modestly written. The testifiers are ordinary people from a wide range of backgrounds and educational levels. Their primary motive in writing has usually been simple gratitude—to give thanks to God. As when a stone is tossed into a quiet lake, the effects of such genuine thanksgiving ripple outward, often bringing encouragement and spiritual inspiration at just the points when we need it most. This was my experience that day at the Reading Room. 

I’d read both of the testimonies reprinted in the pamphlet before—had actually known one of the testifiers some years after his healing. But I still wasn’t prepared for their fresh and powerful impact.

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