First Church of Christ, Scientist,
selected healings on this site have been published in The Christian
Science Journal (a monthly magazine) or the Christian Science
Sentinel (a weekly magazine) and republished in the book A Century
of Christian Science Healing in Santa Barbara California. An additional
100 pages of healings are included in the back of the Christian Science
textbook, Science and Health.
FRIEND OR ENEMY? [Home]
Years of accumulating drugs for a "suicide cocktail" ended
with learning that God's way is life and that self-destruction is not
a road to heaven.
Today the media report on suicide with some frequency. Whether these
are cases of "assisted suicide" or the result of some other
unhappy situation, the individuals involved clearly felt that death
was the only solution. But there is another way, one pointed out to
us by Christ Jesus. "The Bible calls death an enemy, and Jesus
overcame death and the grave instead of yielding to them," Mary
Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
She continues further on, "To him, therefore, death was not the
threshold over which he must pass into living glory." In this light,
when human will, drugs, and other material methods fail, how could death
be a valid way out of troubles? To tout death as the remedy for disease,
a relief from pain, or a deterrent of crime bolsters the insidious thought
that death is a giant dispose-all for everyone and everything that presents
a difficulty or threatens to become a problem.
Christian Science acquaints humanity with God as divine Truth, Love,
and Life-changelessly loving, the only source of true being. From this
standpoint, Life could never be equated with a limited period of time
to be "gotten through" and to be followed by eventual death.
Nor is it meant to be ambled through idly, as though we were window
shopping in a fantasy market of perishable passions, indulgences, or
speculations. Life is infinitely worth cherishing. Eternal and indestructible,
it is meant to be usefully and purposefully lived.
One dictionary defines mortality as "having eventually to die,"
whereas immortality is "deathless; living or lasting forever."
These clearly are opposites. We can all agree that it's impossible to
walk due north and due south at the same time. So how could immortality
possibly be an endless string of mortalities? Life and death are absolutely
opposite. Should we reasonably be tempted, then, to use death as an
escape hatch to health and heaven? Doesn't it also make sense that accepting
the suitability of death as a solution for one person would tend to
weaken the effect of our stand against it in other cases? A little girl
who lost all members of her immediate family in a terrible accident
was taught in a well-meaning way that God had taken her beloved mummy,
daddy, and sister away "to heaven," with the unwitting inference
that the child had been abandoned as unworthy of being taken there with
them. What, then, could compete with her heartbroken hope for an early
death, imagining it to be the only avenue through which to rejoin in
such a wonderful place all whom she'd loved?
A stagnating preoccupation with death stayed with her, and in adulthood
she started matter-of-factly accumulating what she thought of as a "suicide
cocktail" of leftover prescription medications. But then she was
introduced to Christian Science, and early in her study it began gently
to dawn on her that death is not a road to heaven and should not be
contemplated as such.
If a shadow of doubt about God's will that we should live lingers in
thought, the Bible offers numerous accounts dramatically illustrating
the immediacy of God's law in overcoming death. The son of a Shunammite
woman, 2 the daughter of a ruler of a synagogue,3 and a widow's son4
were all restored to life.
Individually, and step by step through devout prayer and consecrated
spiritual study, humanity learns with certainty what constitutes man's
real, immortal being and identity, and thus demonstrates the God-given
qualities of hope, patience, and courage needed for progress.
One afternoon as this woman was suffering from symptoms of respiratory
infection, she felt unable to draw another breath. But her attention
was arrested by a question that came to her thought: "What do you
think will happen when you die?" The answer came just as quickly
and silently, "Why, I'll only find out that I haven't really died!"
Instantly she was able to breathe, and she was never troubled again
in that way.
She had caught a glimpse of the truth that death is incapable of bringing
us anything good or of giving us a free ride. With no qualms then or
afterward, the woman discarded her suicide kit of drugs and never again
yearned for death. Eagerly, she began to look forward to and to experience
the everlastingly sweet adventure of happy, harmonious living.
Let us rejoice in the wonderfully free and buoyant proclamation of the
Psalmist "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the
Lord."5 We can right now learn to live our way gradually but surely
into wholehearted, loving, secure, and adoring reverence for God, and
to experience more of heavenly good right here on earth.
1 Science and Health, p. 39. 2 See II Kings 4:18-37.
3 See Mark 5:22 24, 35-43. 4 See Luke 7:11-15. 5 Psalms 118:17.
-MARY GADBURY PATRICK in Christian Science
Sentinel, Vol 98 [Home]
"The prospect of being perceived as a discarded ex-wife, the object
of gossip and pity, was humiliating." Have you ever been in a situation
so jarring that those were the only words you could pray? God answers
A number of years ago I found myself in a totally unexpected situation.
My husband of twenty-eight years decided he wanted to be married to
someone else and moved out, informing me of his decision in a note,
left on the kitchen counter, which I found after coming home from an
evening meeting. The stunning realization that my life was about to
change radically and that I was soon to be alone for the first time
in my life filled me with anxiety. My three older children were grown
and on their own, and my youngest was due to leave for boarding school
in another two months. I had been a housewife and mother almost all
of my married life, with very little work experience outside of the
home. Although I believed that a divorce settlement would provide me
with financial help, the prospect of being perceived as a discarded
ex-wife, the object of gossip and pity, was humiliating and distressing.
I wrestled with my emotions for hours. When I finally fell asleep that
night, it wasn't for long. About three in the morning I woke, engulfed
again by anguish, doubt, and despair. I finally reached out to God in
prayer. All I could whisper was, "What do I do now, God?"
As I prayed quietly for an answer, the thought came to me, "Go
get our Monitor" (The Christian Science Monitor). I was surprised
at this, but I obeyed. I went downstairs to the den, found my newspaper,
went back upstairs to my bed, and sat there with the Monitor in my lap.
Then my prayer went something like this: "OK, God, now what?"
Then the thought came, "Turn to the Classified section." Again,
puzzled, I obeyed. My eyes fell on a small advertisement under the "employment"
column. It read as follows: "RECEPTIONIST-SECRETARY Small and prestigious
international consulting firm in Boston needs a conscientious, pleasant
receptionist-secretary interested in variety of projects as well as
. Typing skills important, but most important
criterion is attitude."
I read the ad over and over in amazement. I thought to myself, "God,
You must be kidding! Me, move to a city a thousand miles away? Get a
job as a receptionist-secretary, with no office skills other than typing,
which I'd learned in high school?" But as I humbly considered the
idea further, it dawned on me that here was a position that basically
required qualities rather than work experience. I took stock of myself.
I knew that I was conscientious. I considered myself a pleasant person
with a good attitude. Could this job really be for me? Could this really
be divine Love's plan for my life? I let the idea take shape over the
next twenty-four hours or so. By then I felt confident enough to make
an investigative call. Four days later, I was on a plane to Boston,
having set up an interview with the firm's vice-president. I was offered
the job at the end of the interview. When I said that I wouldn't be
ready to start right away, I was assured that was fine. I moved to Boston
two months later and began anew. God had propelled me into the start
of an incredible new life, lifting me out of an almost unbearable situation.
There were many challenges to be met as I adjusted to the divorce and
being on my own. But focusing on the demands and rewards of my new life
made the challenges easier to bear. As the Apostle Paul wrote, "There
hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is
faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;
but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may
be able to bear it" (I Cor. 10:13). I worked for that firm for
nearly two years and learned valuable office skills, which prepared
me for five years of rewarding and progressive work at the headquarters
of my church.
In the thirteen years since that move to Boston, my life has been full
and rewarding, varied and satisfying, rich with opportunities and blessings
I had never thought possible. And all because I expected, listened for,
and heeded the answer to my prayer, "God, what do I do now?"
-SALLY H. SMITH in Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 102
IS THIS THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP
was struggling over whether to end a relationship with a male friend.
Although I was very comfortable in his presence, I nevertheless felt insecure
because of what I perceived in him as a fear of commitment and a tendency
to assert control over me. My anxiety and uncertainty about the relationship
motivated me to turn completely to God for inspiration, for direction,
and for freedom. I found encouragement in these words in the book of Isaiah:
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy
God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold
thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (41:10). I cherished
this assurance of God's care for me. I thought about the reliable relation
of Father-Mother God to man, His beloved child. The realization that I
had such a tender relation to divine Love brought me immediate comfort
and encouragement. But how could the understanding of my secure, satisfying,
unchanging relation to God help me to distinguish between a beneficial
and a detrimental human relationship?
In thinking about the kind of healthy relationship I was look for, I determined
that a desirable union would include commitment, fidelity, devotion, constancy,
support, and dependability. Having identified these qualities, I suddenly
realized that they describe God's man. Since man reflects God, he must
include these very qualities. So, as my spiritual understanding of man's
nature increased, I could and should expect human relationships more and
more to mirror man's likeness to God. In the first chapter of the book
of Genesis in the Bible, God gives man dominion over all the earth (see
verse 26). I wondered, What might this dominion mean in terms of a human
relationship? In one dictionary, I found this definition of dominion:
"the power or right of governing and controlling; rule; control."
I reasoned that God-bestowed dominion wouldn't mean one person having
control over another. The dominion God has given each one of us includes
control over our own thinking and being, with the ability to accept and
experience good, since that 's all God makes, and the equal ability to
reject that which is evil. This alerted me to the nature of personal control,
which can sometimes be subtle and deceptive. Any behavior that would deprive
another of initiative, independence, or innovation is contrary to the
nature of God's man and would prevent others from being free to obey God
fully. I realized, for example, that the temptation not to take a high
moral stand in a relationship needs to be resisted. A proper relationship
should include respect rather than ridicule.
I was inspired to study a passage in Science and Health with the marginal
heading "Inharmonious travelers." It reads: "If my friends
are going to Europe, while I am en route for California, we are not journeying
together. We have separate time-tables to consult, different routes to
pursue. Our paths have diverged at the very outset, and we have little
opportunity to help each other. On the contrary, if my friends pursue
my course, we have the same railroad guides, and our mutual interests
are identical; or, if I take up their line of travel, they help me on,
and our companionship may continue" (p. 21). The importance of both
individuals in a relationship being on a similar path in life, with similar
motives, was becoming clear to me. A companionship worthy of continuance
would be one in which each could help the other achieve his or her own
purposes and goals. I saw that a right human relationship needed to be
based on attraction to spiritual qualities, some of which are enumerated
in Paul's letter to the Galatians: "The fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance"
(5:22, 23). I felt that appropriate human affection and closeness would
follow as a natural and necessary consequence of such spiritual attraction.
Gradually, peace and confidence replaced my earlier anxiety and insecurity.
As I became more and more willing to yield to God's direction, I finally
accepted in my heart that the relationship with my male friend should
not continue. But personal and emotional attachment made it difficult
to let go. I realized I needed to cling, not to person, but to God in
prayer, trusting divine Love to release me from what felt like an enslaving
attachment. I conscientiously affirmed the spiritual fact that my being,
as a child of God, included freedom, never bondage. Eventually I felt
divinely impelled to write my friend a letter explaining my decision to
end the relationship completely, asking him to respect my decision. Within
a month of my writing the letter, a business transfer took my friend to
another country, and I was introduced to a man whose pursuits and path
in life were similar to mine.
As I look back on this experience, I feel that healing came about through
turning to God for inspiration and direction, understanding the relation
of God and man and all that this includes, being willing to forgo a human
relationship that didn't contribute to spiritual growth, and yielding
to divine Love's government and control. To me, these are the keys to
right relationships. -SALLY H. SMITH in
Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 99 [Home]
Are you ready and raring to go? Most of us have awakened on the day
of some special event with a great sense of exuberance-a long-awaited
trip, participation in a sporting event, recognition for some accomplishment,
and so on. I looked in on my three-year-old daughter one morning just
as she woke. She opened her eyes, burst out with a "Yea!"-and
then she paused. It was obvious she couldn't think of anything special
scheduled for that day. But she saw no reason why that should make the
day any less special to her. Unrestrained, she exclaimed, "It's
How much we all want and need that childlike joy, that eagerness for
every day that God has made. Indeed, "This is the day which the
Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" (Ps. 118:24).
But what is the day that God hath made? A twenty-four-hour cycle of
work, play, sleep, and eat? It's got to be much more than that. Science
and Health gives a spiritual description of day that begins, "The
irradiance of Life; light, the spiritual idea of Truth and Love"
(p. 584). God made the day. We don't have to make it. Nor do we need
to attempt to change His order of events in any way. Then, what do we
need to do? We have some wonderful work before us as we embrace the
day that God has made. We can: Humbly ask in prayer to know His plan
for the day. Eagerly go forth to do His will. Confidently acknowledge
Him. as the source of all goodness and power and intelligence. Courageously
face down fears with His truth. Sincerely strive to be and do good.
See God's goodness expressed everywhere. Thank Him for the day He has
made. Do everything for His praise and glory.
The same daughter mentioned above is now in high school. Her days are
filled with activities and responsibilities. One particular Saturday
loomed ahead as possibly overbooked. She was scheduled to participate
in a daylong track meet and then baby-sit immediately afterward for
a long evening. She felt burdened and pressured.
At first, I was concerned that this was somehow symptomatic of the "overworked
teenager syndrome." I knew, though, that initially my daughter
had chosen each activity carefully. That morning, when I asked her why
she even bothered to run track, it was quite natural for her to answer,
"To glorify God!"
I then assured her that God gave her both the willingness and the ability
to do just that. Divine Life and Love activated and motivated her with
right desires, infinite Mind and Spirit provided intelligence and strength,
Soul filled her with grace, and divine Principle enabled discipline,
precision, and order. With my daughter focused on these attributes of
God, the physical and mental power needed for every event of the day
would be freely supplied by God-this day, every day, moment by moment.
We reasoned together that fulfilling her responsibilities need not be
burdensome but satisfying; not taxing but rewarding. "Yea! It's
God's day-and that in itself is cause to rejoice and be glad. The same
spiritual truth she expressed as a young child when she greeted the
day so expectantly was still true today and every bit as powerful to
make her day a happy one.
Her attitude changed from one of dread to joyful anticipation. The day
did, in fact, turn out happily. She didn't set any track records, but
did improve her own best time in her event. The meet was over earlier
than expected, which gave her time to relax a little before the evening
baby-sitting job. Every day is special because every day is God's day,
made just for us. Be glad and rejoice in it. -DONALD
R. LOSTER in Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 100
Job said, "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but
now mine eye seeth thee:" and I can say that God has been revealed
to me through the teachings of "Science and Health with Key to
the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. Christian Science came to me about
two years ago, when I was in the depths of despair after years of suffering,
though I had been under the care of many eminent physicians. With all
due regard for those who treated me, I can only say they did the best
they could, according to their knowledge. Years of invalidism, the undergoing
of many operations (to the extent of having some of the organs removed),
which left me in a wretched state physically and mentally, with the
prospect before me that another critical operation might be necessary,
finally drove me, like a tired child, "to the arms of divine Love"
(Science and Health, P. 322).
Prior to this I had taken up "mental science," which I learned
was principally the exercise of will-power. Later, when in my weakened
condition I found I had no will, no hope, I longed for the end to come
which I believed would release me from physical suffering. At first
I thought that Christian Science healing was the same as my former teaching,
and I would not listen to the friends who advised me to try Christian
Science; but the time came when I fully realized that I must seek first
"the kingdom, of God," and then I went to a Christian Science
practitioner in tears, telling him that the doctors and surgeons had
failed to cure me, and asking him if he could. His reply was, "No,
not I; but I assure you that God can." I had treatment at once,
which brought me rest and peace such as I had not known for days; and
this convinced me that Christian Science was not will-power, nor hypnotism,
but the result of scientific prayer. I continued treatment, studying
every day as much as I was able. In three weeks I began to notice that
I had no need for glasses, which I had been wearing for six years, and
just previous to this I had been told by an eminent eye specialist that
I must wear them constantly.
This healing of my eyes rather astonished me, as I had not mentioned
anything regarding them to the practitioner, but I soon laid my glasses
aside and have never worn them since. Some of the old, chronic troubles
were slower to yield, causing discouragement, but the practitioner was
kind and patient always, and was ever ready to help me on my journey
from sense to Soul. To-day I am a much changed woman; health and happiness
having come to me through the understanding of divine Principle. Since
taking up Christian Science I have had many beautiful demonstrations
of Truth's power, proving that divine Mind alone heals. To any one in
bondage to the ills of the flesh I freely give this testimony, hoping
others may be led to this truth, which is indeed the Christ-teaching.
For all this I give thanks every day to God, and to our Leader, Mrs.
Eddy, who rediscovered this truth and gave it to the world through Science
and Health. MRS. HATTIE GADT in
Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 10 [Home]
Words are inadequate to express my gratitude for Christian Science.
It has been proved to me that when this Christ Science is rightly applied,
it never fails.
Beginning with my childhood in Copenhagen, Denmark, I suffered asthmatic
attacks for many years.The doctors had no cure for asthma, but advised
me to go to warmer climates for relief. So I came to California in 1929.
But as far as my health was concerned the change was in vain. Years
went by without relief. Then ten years ago my condition went from bad
to worse. I was in and out of the hospital much of the time.
One night I collapsed. My wife called an ambulance and doctor. At the
hospital I was near death. The doctor told my wife there was nothing
more he could do for me. I had developed an incurable lung disease,
which he called emphysema. I was told to buy a breathing machine, because
there was nothing else he could do for me. I was greatly discouraged.
My son and daughter-in-law had been Christian Scientists for many years.
One day when they were visiting us, they said to me, "Dad, why
don't you try Christian Science? What can you lose?"
I then decided I would try Christian Science for help. My wife and I
went to a little Church of Christ, Scientist, that following Sunday
morning. After the service I said to my wife, "Did you notice how
happy everybody looked?" "They sure did," was her reply.
So we looked forward to Wednesday, when we went to the same church.
I listened to the testimonies, and then stood up and told my history
of despair, aying, "I am sick, and no doctors can cure me. I need
help but do not know how to get well. Will you please help me? What
can I do and how?" These are the exact words I spoke. After the
meeting the members all came to me and my wife and thanked us for coming.
We were met with great love. We were told what books to buy and where
the Christian Science Reading Room was, and were given helpful literature
Through the prayers of a Christian Science practitioner, my own prayers,
and study of the Bible, and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy, I recovered rapidly, and am now completely healed.
Later that year, at income tax time, I went to the doctor's office for
a statement to use in my tax return. The doctor insisted on examining
me and was amazed to find me in perfect health. I am so grateful to
God for Christ Jesus, whose healings are our example for today, and
for Mrs. Eddy for her wisdom in establishing the Christian Science movement.
And I am sincerely grateful for the church members who gave me help
when I so much needed it. My wife and I are now members of that church
and of The Mother Church. - ANKER FRED HOWMANN
in Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 77 [Home]
For some time past I have wished to express my gratitude for the many
benefits that I have received for myself and family through Christian
Science. I would like to tell of a demonstration for me which happened
while on duty at the power plant, where I have charge as engineer. About
midnight on Nov. 30, 1907, I was showing the foreman how to blow out
the oil burner at the boiler, when the oil exploded and came out into
my face, burning me very badly, my hands being one mass of burns. I
commenced at once to realize the truth of God's allness, and that there
was no room for error of ally kind: that God is a present help in all
kinds of trouble. I then went home, and was back at my work the next
morning at seven o'clock. I was advised by some friends to get a doctor
for my hands; that it was a serious injury, and I was in danger of losing
them. Blood poisoning did seem to be starting, but I went to a Christian
Science practitioner, and had five treatments. Had not Christian Science
been my help I would have been in bed at least three weeks, but by Christmas
there was no scar of any kind to show that I had been burned at all.
My wife was healed of stomach trouble, after the doctors had given her
up the second time, telling her that there was nothing to do but stay
in the house and wait for her death; but my wife is now well, and able
to do all her housework. My daughter was also healed through Christian
Science of a very bad gathering in her ears. She was healed in one treatment.
We find that whenever we reflect divine Love to others, we regain a
hundredfold. Christian Science, as taught by Mrs. Eddy, will bring the
millennium to mankind. For these and many other blessings I am very
thankful. -W. D. LANGDON in Christian Science Sentinel,
Vol 10 [Home]
I am grateful to Christian Science for what it has done for me, and wish
to give this testimony in the hope that it may be of benefit to others.
For several years I had been addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors
to the extent that I always had a flask with me at my work, and would
not think of going to bed at night unless I had one where I could get
at it. For the last five years before coming into Christian Science I
was employed in a saloon, and had all the liquors I wished to drink at
my disposal. I often tried to break off the drink habit, but could not
do so. I even gave up my position and worked for a while at my former
occupation in a printing office; but I did not stay there long, because
I could not get enough whisky on the salary I received there, and support
my family, and the more I tried to leave off drinking the more I desired
it. I went back to bartending with the intention of gradually leaving
off drinking, but I failed in that and became worse than before. I kept
on for about two years more, and then gave up the bartending for another
business, all the time hoping and wishing to break myself of the drink
habit, though it still clung to me and I drank as much as before.
Finally, I was told by a friend that I must do something very soon, and
was advised to go to a physician or to a Christian Science practitioner
for help. I knew the advice was timely, and I decided on the latter more
to please the one who gave me the advice than of my own choice, as I had
not the least faith that Christian Science would help me. I delayed a
few days, and then went to the office of a Christian Science practitioner.
While waiting my turn to talk to him, I picked up a pamphlet from the
table, read some of it, and became quite interested when I read about
a rope being let down into hell, etc. Then and there I first got a glimpse
of God that appealed to me, as before this I could never bring myself
to believe in Him, especially in the way I had been taught at Sunday School,
nor to believe in the Bible; but right there I began to think. When I
had opportunity to talk with the practitioner I told him I wanted to be
treated for drunkenness, and he gave me a treatment. When I left his office
I was healed of the craving for liquor, and the desire for it has never
returned to me; but I continued the treatment for a few more days, although
I knew the desire for liquor had absolutely left me. Having been for many
years associated with "good fellows" and "sports,"
I thought it would look cheap to give up so easily, but since then I have
wished that I had taken no more than the one treatment, that those who
knew my previous condition might better understand how great is the work
which Mrs. Eddy has done and is doing for all mankind. Even now many believe
my healing to be a wonderful demonstration of her teachings.
This experience was more than a year ago, and I immediately began to read
and study with my wife and children and to attend regularly the Christian
Science church. I am daily striving to live tile life taught and demonstrated
by the Master; my wife also, is interested in Christian Science, and my
children attend the Sunday School. -LYNDOF J. SMITH
in Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 10 [Home]
LOSS HEALED [Home]
began in 1978 when our company informed all employees that by the middle
of 1980 the manual assembly of our product would be discontinued and
computerized automation would take over most of the operations Some
of the two hundred and fifty employees would be absorbed by other departments.
However, the majority of us would be given severance pay and terminated.
I had been with the company for twenty eight years and was offered a
night job at a reduced position and salary.
Although this was quite a blow to me, I turned, as I always do whenever
a decision has to be made, to the Bible and to Science and Health by
Mrs. Eddy, seeking guidance. In the Bible book of Psalms is full of
admonitions for us to trust only God, and I found the third verse in
Psalm 3I particularly helpful: "For thou art my rock and my fortress;
therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me." Then, in
Science and Health, I read these words (p. I26): "The Bible has
been my only authority. I have no other guide in 'the straight and narrow
way' of Truth."
As I continued praying and studying, the thought came, quite strongly,
to turn down the night job. I did this, much to everyone's surprise.
Later that year I was elected to serve as First Reader in my branch
church. Had I taken the night job, I could not have accepted this church
position, which includes conducting the Wednesday evening testimony
In the latter months of 1979 I was reminded by the company production
vice president that in less than eight months my whole department would
be closed down. I was encouraged to accept the night position, which
had been kept open, or I could be out of a job. Again I turned to deeper
study and prayer for further inspiration, guidance, and reassurance
from God, divine Mind. On page 467 of Science and Health I found this
very strong statement: "Having no other gods, turning to no other
but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure
and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ." There
were also several other passages that inspired me.
I was strongly convinced that I had been experiencing much spiritual
progress as a result of the deep study of Christian Science necessary
to perform my duties as First Reader. I should add that while I was
seeking answers through study of the Bible and Science and Health, I
was also being supported by the prayers of a Christian Science practitioner.
When I gave my decision to my superior, and the reasons for my decision,
he said that he admired my devotion to my religion. But he also reminded
me that at my age it might not be so easy to find another job.
During the last six months-while the department was winding down-my
immediate supervisor, the department manager, was transferred to another
department. I was then given the task of meeting and arranging all of
the final schedules, at the same time making a smooth, successful transition
to the new operation. All this was accomplished with a rapidly dwindling
work force and was quite a challenge. Still, with absolute conviction
I knew that God was guiding me step by step. I can honestly say that
it was a joyous and successful operation all the way.
One day the production vice-president called me into his office and
offered me another position. He had created a new department out of
three existing departments and was offering me the position of manager.
He said he would expect me to increase production, while keeping costs
the same, and I should therefore consider his offer carefully. He also
informed me that because over half the department was a data entry operation,
the results of production and cost were readily available on the weekly
printout. He added that there had been more than a 50 percent turnover
in personnel during the last twelve months, and that one of the key
supervisors was rapidly becoming disenchanted with the situation and
was considering leaving.
Here was the challenge of "putting my money where my mouth was."
If I accepted the position and failed to meet the company's high goals,
I would probably be out of a job. Or I could play it safe and take the
severance pay and an early retirement. The decision, after all my prayerful
work during the previous two years, was really not hard to make. I accepted
I dived into the new job. With the help of the department's supervisors,
plus the constant flow of spiritual ideas that came as a result of my
early morning study of the Bible Lesson outlined in the Christian Science
Quarterly, we not only met all goals but constantly surpassed them.
The personnel problems were completely turned around, and the disenchanted
supervisor became a tower of strength to me.
Oh, there were problems all right, and there were times when I thought
that I was in too much of a hurry to take time out to pray. Among some
of the challenges were schedules that were too tight and the demands
of other departments. After a few close calls I found that I couldn't
afford not to pray. I learned that the few moments it takes to realize
our oneness with God, and acknowledge that the Christ, Truth, is our
ever-present guide, saves bungling the job the first time and having
to do it over. As we read in Science and Health (pp.12-13), "In
divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of
God as 'a very present help in trouble.'"
There were so many evidences of good, and I always gave God the credit.
I could feel the omnipresence of divine Mind. The magnitude of the guidance
I received reminded me often of Christ Jesus' words I can of mine own
self do nothing" (John 5:30).
After six fulfilling, busy years in the position, I retired, and I am
now just as busy serving God through a variety of church activities.
The very first sentence in Science and Health reads (p. vii): "To
those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings."
I can attest to the truth of that statement, especially the word big.
For all the ways in which the teachings of Christian Science have helped
me, I give a very grateful thank-you! -JOHN G. BELL
in The Christian Science Journal, Vol 106 [Home]
Even though satisfied with my lot in 1971, I saw ahead only old age
and no way to combat it . The future looked bleak. The year before,
my daughter had sent me a paperback copy of Science and Health by Mrs.
Eddy. Now I suddenly had a compelling urge to read the Bible and understand
it I took up the textbook. Key to the Scriptures! This is what was thrilling!
This book would explain what puzzled me in the Bible. At first, I sampled
Christian Science by reading, each day, one section of the Bible Lesson
in the Christian Science Quarterly. Now I began to really understand
the Bible. This gave me joy that cannot be taken away. I was on the
move spiritually. I was in action. Soon I was studying the entire Bible
For over twenty years I had not been to a structured, Western-religion
church. But I found the services of a branch Church of Christ, Scientist,
to be straightforward and without mystery. The Lesson-Sermon with citations
from the Bible and Science and Health read in a dynamic manner made
the Bible come alive. At this time all kinds of occasions in my life
made God's love for me apparent. They could not be attributed to human
acts, but were beautiful solutions to problems. There were also examples
of others living the Golden Rule in relation to me-following the Sermon
on the Mount, as Jesus taught and lived. Friends helped me to recognize
errors and correct them. Their actions carried a spirit expressed clearly
in "A Rule for Motives and Acts" (Manual of The Mother Church
by Mrs. Eddy, Art. VIII, Sect. l): "Neither animosity nor mere
personal attachment should impel the motives or acts of the members
of The Mother Church. In Science, divine Love alone governs man; and
a Christian Scientist reflects the sweet amenities of Love, in rebuking
sin, in true brotherliness, charitableness, and forgiveness .... "
Early in my study of Christian Science I had a convincing example of
the power of the Christ to heal. A car door closed on my ankle. It was
very painful. In that moment I had a decision to make-hobble around
for a few days or deny the whole incident as having no reality, no part
of my life as God's expression. Three or four steps away from the car
the pain was still sharp, but then as I steadfastly declared God to
be my Father-Mother, and that I was a beloved child without blemish,
the pain was gone. It was all over. My gratitude for this instantaneous
healing filled me with joy, which comes when God's love in action is
seen. To know this love firsthand is the source of enduring joy.
A few years later a great deal of discomfort came from a large lump
that appeared on my body. A wearisome struggle followed. There was no
instantaneous healing as I had expected. After two weeks of consistent
prayer, I felt impelled to simply get up both mentally and physically
and leave the problem behind. There was improvement, and I was able
to go back to work. Many months later, the trouble again appeared, with
more intensity. In addition to my own study and prayer, I called on
a Christian Science practitioner to help me. His conscientious, effective
prayer culminated in healing one day, during a visit from my daughter.
She burst into the house filled with joy, as though she had seen through
the whole sham of disease. This was so evident that I got out of my
bed as though I had been physically lifted up. It was a case of mental
surgery, for the lump dissolved; and not only has it never reappeared
but other bodily functions righted themselves permanently.
This healing changed my view of life and continues to bless me. It is
never too late. Years cannot prevent our being made new! - KATHRYN
BRANDT in Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 97 [Home]
Science has so completely changed the meaning of life to me, and has
brought me so much happiness, peace, and contentment, that I shall ever
deem it a privilege to tell others of it. Perchance some other weary
and disappointed mortal may take heart and come to the living waters
to learn the truth about God and man. I was a member of an orthodox
church for many years, but it brought me no comfort, and the ceremonial
of the church appealed only to the senses. The mystery of life, and
the strangely inharmonious conditions in and out of the church, puzzled
and discouraged me; all seemed vanity and vexation of spirit.
After enduring many trials and disappointments, as a very tired child
I turned to Christian Science, read "Science and Health with Key
to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and was healed. Some years before
I had had the great privilege of class instruction under Mrs. Eddy,
but the seed seemed to fall on stony ground, and it was not until after
1 had wandered in the wilderness many years (to mortal sense) and been
beaten with many stripes, that I was spiritually awakened and the good
seed began to bear fruit. I emerged from the darkness of mortal beliefs,
and was "born again;" then came "the awakening from the
dream of life in matter, to the great fact that God is the only Life"
(Miscellaneous Writings, p. 16). Since taking Science and Health for
my daily guide in studying the Scriptures, it has indeed made a new
heaven and a new earth to me. Mrs. Eddy teaches that Christian Science
is a demonstrable science and that it is not understood until demonstrated.
It is our demonstration that proves to us the truth, and this is our
safeguard from all evil each and every day.
My heart goes out in loving recognition to our dear Leader for all she
has given us and all mankind; for the rediscovery of the truth that
heals the sick, the sinful, and the sorrowful, and enables us to fulfill
the command of our Master to preach the gospel and heal the sick. The
garment of Truth cannot be divided, as we apprehend after gaining our
spiritual light in divine Science, and when we preach the true gospel,
or glad tidings of great joy, we heal the sick. physically, morally,
revered Leader has said, "He who has named the name of Christ,
who has virtually accepted the divine claims of Truth and Love in Divine
Science, is daily departing from evil; and all the wicked endeavors
of suppositional demons can never change the current of that life from
steadfastly flowing on to God, its divine Source" (Miscellaneous
Writings, 19). How full of comfort and cheer is this message, exhaling
heavenly perfume, and peace and good will (Gods will) to all mankind.
-EMMA K. S. SAWYER in
Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 11 [Home]
HEART TROUBLE [Home]
years of faithful research among the physical sciences and philosophies,
and an extended study of both eastern and western religions, I came
to the conclusion that there was undoubtedly a God somewhere; but since
immutability could not be manifested through mutable phenomena, we could
have no possible means of knowing or understanding Him, and I therefore
abandoned my search.
For a longtime I had been incapacitated from any steady employment by
reason of a severe heart trouble which would cause me to remain unconscious
for hours at a time. At last I thought I had found a medicine which,
when taken frequently enough, so stimulated my energies that I was able
to work more continuously, although the attacks did not cease, but were
more likely to occur at night. One evening I fell in the street, and
when I became conscious I was at the other end of the town, utterly
unable to collect my thoughts or discover my whereabouts. After some
friends had seen me home, I went to my physician, who told me that these
attacks resulted from the drugs I had been taking, and that the doses
must be curtailed or my reason would suffer. I told him I would take
no more drugs, if that was the case. He assured me that it would be
impossible to leave them entirely alone without occasioning intense
suffering and even endangering my life.
It is not necessary, even if it were possible, for me to describe the
agony of the next seventy-two hours, without sleep to ease my suffering,
but on the fourth day I said to a friend, with whom I had once studied
philosophy, "Can't you give me a thought or a problem to think
about so that I shall not go mad?" "Yes," he said; "think
of this: 'All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God
is All in all'" (Science and Health, p. 469). How absurd the quotation
seemed-little manifestation could I see of the infinite! My friend then
handed me a copy of Science and Health, on condition that I return the
book next day, telling me to read it while awake that night. I did so,
but could only understand portions of the chapter on Prayer.
It was after midnight when I gave up the struggle and said to myself:
"If all is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, God can
see only that manifestation, and He can know nothing of my sins or my
ignorance. To Him I can only be as the reflection of His work. I know
nothing of Him. If then He is to answer my prayer, it must be through
an impersonal law of which I know nothing. I can therefore do nothing
but trust." Then these words came into my thought, and repeated
themselves over and over again, "Underneath are the everlasting
arms." I heard it strike three o'clock, and then I must have slept.
When I awoke the lamp was still burning, the book was open on the bed,
the morning sunshine was streaming, through the window, and I was healed.
I quickly dressed and hurried to my friend's house. When I said to him,
"Did you ever see such a beautiful morning in October?" he
clasped my hand with the words, 'I'm so glad!"
Having received life, reason, health, a God whom I could trust and a
Bible which I could understand, all through one sentence from the Christian
Science text-book, what could I do but with a thankful, earnest humility
study and demonstrate more of its truth in the following years. I had
much to unlearn and much more to learn, but with unspeakable gratitude
for the beautiful life which is being spent to give and preserve for
us the truth, I add this testimony, that, without a single exception,
Christian Science has stood the test of every question and answered
every problem upon which I have brought it to bear. My study of the
Christian Science text-book has persuaded me that the effort to understand
and demonstrate the truths it unfolds to the world must become the supreme
quest in life. I have turned to its pages when the shadows of fear,
ignorance, pain, and death itself have seemed to darken my way, to find
it, as the psalmist said, "a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto
my path." Though oftentimes a careless and backward scholar, I
have proved enough of its truth and power to trust to it in every difficulty
that has arisen since my first healing, and this trust has never been
betrayed. -ALBERT R. CHAPPELL
in Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 11 [Home]
is a little less than three ears ago that I began to study Christian
Science, and during this time I have been given new life; many of the
"former things" have passed away, and each day brings new
light. When I began the study of Christian Science I was suffering great
physical distress, having a supposedly incurable disease, also a complication
of other ailments. The disease which had been pronounced fatal was one
which medical science considered to have been thoroughly diagnosed by
the use of X-ray plates, analysis, etc. The diagnosis had been made
in the most thorough manner by able men, and there was no known means
of cure. Palliatives in the form of antiseptics taken in very large
quantities, and tonics for the heart, had been faithfully followed for
more than two years; nothing was left undone which is known to medical
science, and all efforts in my behalf were directed by most competent
and faithful physicians. The diagnosis disclosed calculi in both kidneys
and the entire system was said to be so affected that an operation was
not considered possible, in fact segregation was not deemed advisable.
After a few weeks' study of "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," and faithful efforts to put to use what I had read,
I found myself forgetting to take the material remedies, and in less
than a month from the time I began to study I had dropped all material
means, and with the aid of a Christian Science practitioner I regained
my health. When I began to read Science and Health, together with the
study of the Christian Science Quarterly, I was unable to remember a
line as I read it over, and for some days I could see no improvement,
mentally or physically; but I now realize I must have learned that these
words, "God is the Principle of man, and man is the idea of God"
(Science and Health, P. 476), embodied something that was to be proved
by me, as I knew that many other persons similarly afflicted had successfully
proved that rule.
I have found my sense of life thoroughly transformed, and I owe my reformation
of thought and life to the application of the rules given by Mrs. Eddy
in her invaluable text-book. I am not able to express all my thankfulness
for the knowledge gained by the study and practice of these teachings,
and for the advice and instruction which I found in her "Miscellaneous
Writings." I am glad to make this acknowledgment of the help and
comfort that come to me constantly from Mrs. Eddy's writings and the
Journal and Sentinel. --Mrs. Carrie L. Bliss
one who does not believe in the Bible, or who has not the understanding
of it which is to be gained by its study in connection with "Science
and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the recovery of my wife
as told in the above testimony may seem miraculous; but to any person
who has such understanding it will be recognized as the natural working
of divine Principle, God, who governs and controls the universe.
My wife had not been well for many years, and her troubles finally reached
a point at which material remedies could give her no further help. At
the time she began to study Christian Science she was expected to live
but a few weeks at the most. The result of her study is told in the
above testimony. I took up the study of Christian Science at the same
time my wife did, hoping to help her rather than myself. I have always
been physically strong, subject only to the little ills that come to
any one more or less frequently, but I found myself benefited by my
study and that I could ward off these minor sicknesses very quickly,
and I have often relieved myself of ills that have come upon me. But
the great comfort and joy for myself individually is that I now have
a religion which I can take into my daily life, which is a help to me
at all times and in all places, and that I understand the Bible as I
never did before.
Words cannot express the gratitude which I have toward Mrs. Eddy and
Christian Science for this understanding that has given back my wife's
health, and is making my own life brighter and happier. -Frank S. Bliss
The Christian Science Journal, Vol 27 [Home]
the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing"
(Ps. 100:2). The gladness which comes from serving the Lord entered
my life when I started the study of Christian Science more than twenty
years ago. I was a high school student when an older, beloved sister
passed on. I turned to my mother's copy of Science and Health by Mary
Baker Eddy, to find a God who did not send grief to His children. This
study brought healing, comfort, and great joy.
Prior to this time I had rebelled at the thought of a God who would
bless or harm. I had voiced this rebellion in an orthodox Sunday school
and had been rebuked for not being willing to accept, without question,
what the Lord gave. The joy which the new knowledge of God brought into
my life was immeasurable. There have been many problems to be solved
in my daily experience, and they have been solved harmoniously as Christian
Science has been applied to them.As a small child I was troubled with
an elongated palate. This did not interfere with my speech, but it caused
an almost constant irritation in my throat and periods of violent coughing.
As I grew older these coughing periods took the form of severe colds,
from which I suffered often. When the attacks occurred I was helped
through Christian Science, but the healing was not complete. This condition
continued for about ten years. During one of these sieges, when no relief
seemed to come after faithful work, my mother told me of the mortal
law of an elongated palate laid upon me as a child.
Our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, states on page 273 of Science and Health:
"The so called laws of matter and of medical science have never
made mortals whole, harmonious, and immortal. Man is harmonious when
governed by Soul." The healing which followed the application of
the truths in these statements was complete and permanent. A number
of years ago I resigned from a position which I had held with great
joy for about ten years. There did not seem to be any other work for
me to do, but the resignation assured another of an opportunity for
advancement in a chosen field. Knowing that my motive was unselfish
I waited for Love's guidance with no fear of the outcome. Within a short
time an entirely different type of work, which afforded me the opportunity
to use talents which before I had not had time to develop, was offered
me. The new work has been a blessing which I could not have found had
I not been willing to trust God's care. The new work involves much use
of my voice, healed through Christian Science. I find constant blessing
and inspiration in the hymns in the Christian Science Hymnal. Many times
physical distress or mental worry has been completely healed by the
singing of Mrs. Eddy's hymns.
The physical healings of burns, falls, sprains, headaches, influenza,
constipation, and many other difficulties have been great blessings
in my experience, but the adjustment to everyday living, the protection,
and the inspiration are even greater blessings. Surely Christian Science
has brought to me a gladness which foreshadows the kingdom of heaven.
I am humbly grateful for the privilege of class instruction, also for
membership in The Mother Church and in a branch church, and for the
opportunities which I have had to serve the Cause of Christian Science.
- Mrs. GEORGIANA K. BROWNE in
Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 47 [Home]
IS NO CHANCE IN LIFE
have proved in my own experience that love and gratitude are a sure
defense against error of every kind. I should like to tell two incidents
that illustrate this.
During the so-called depression I was engaged in a small business. It
was a seasonal business, and in the midst of the dull season I found
myself without sufficient funds to pay two rents and to meet the wholesale
bills, which were due on the tenth of the month. Although we were quite
busy in the workroom, there was little
forthcoming. I seemed not to find time to do specific work in Christian
Science until about eleven o'clock of the night of the ninth, when I
realized that I had only from then until the next day to do this work.
With that I picked up a copy of the Sentinel and began reading an article
in which appeared the following quotation from Science and Health by
Mrs. Eddy (p. 3): "Are we really grateful for the good already
received?" I read no farther; this was sufficient, for it was a
deserved rebuke. I was not expressing gratitude, and yet I was asking
for more. I immediately got a pencil and paper and began to make a list
of my blessings. It was not more than twenty minutes until I was so
uplifted that I found joy and peace, and then sleep.
The next morning I was still uplifted, although there was no material
evidence of supply; however, that did not disturb me. About one o'clock
a customer came in and paid a large bill, and from that time money literally
flowed into the shop, giving me enough to meet all expenses and more.
The other incident occurred one morning when I went to my sister's home
to do some laundry in her new washing machine. I was expressing gratitude
for a recent healing of my son, with the words, "Praise ye the
Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul" (Ps. 146: l), and was filled
with love toward my sister for her kindness. While I was wringing the
clothes, a niece stood on the other side and pulled them out of the
wringer. In feeding the clothes into the wringer, my hand slipped and
went entirely through to the other side. I did not know about the emergency
lever, and it was several moments before my brother came from another
room and released me.
My sister brought me our textbook, and on page 424 I read, "Accidents
are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis
of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion
of chance to the proper sense of God's unerring direction and thus bring
out harmony." How happy I am to be able to say that this accident
did not hurt me. In about an hour I was able to wash the dishes. Although
at first there seemed to be weakness, I went right ahead. Later, I went
to my place of business and blocked hats, using a heavy iron; in about
a month all the discoloration was gone.
I am grateful to Mrs. Eddy for giving us Christian Science, which helps
us and shows us how to prove God's allness. One of my greatest blessings
is class instruction from one of our beloved Leader's students. -MRS.
MAY BELLE HINKEY in
The Christian Science Journal, Vol 63 [Home]
had the privilege of being a student of Christian Science since childhood,
I have had numberless blessings and healings through its ministrations.
As a child of about eight years, I was quickly healed of a severe case
of diphtheria, when my parents despaired of my life. An advanced case
of erysipelas was healed later in one week's time through the help of
a practitioner, without a vestige of a scar or any need of recuperation.
I was strong and well.
At one time in stepping out of my automobile, I fell heavily on my hip.
Through instantly realizing that my true spiritual selfhood could not
fall or be injured , I got up unaided and sustained no injury whatever,
not even a bruise. Through a long, successful musical career I did not
miss one concert engagement because of illness.
These are only a few of the many healings I have received through Christian
Science. I am very grateful for them and for the textbook, our beautiful
"key" to the Scriptures, and the other writings of our beloved
Leader, Mrs. Eddy; for the privilege of class instruction, and for membership
in The Mother Church as well as in a branch church. - MAYBELL
Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 48 [Home]
Science has been the only physician in our household for many years.
There have been numerous healings experienced by members of the family,
and gratitude has been expressed for the good that has come to us through
the study and application of the truth as given us by our beloved Leader,
Mary Baker Eddy. Some years ago I accepted a teaching position in a
school system which required each applicant to take a physical examination.
The physician who gave me the examination told me that I had quite a
large tumor, which should be removed by an operation at once. He said
that a possible injury at the time of the birth of our daughter many
years before was the probable cause.
The fear which flooded my thinking was bewildering. I turned to the
loving support of my husband, and together we went to see a Christian
Science practitioner. She reminded us of the tender care of our Father-Mother
God, the changelessness of His creation, and the power of Truth to meet
every human need. It appeared necessary for me to take an immediate
stand either by going to the hospital for an operation or by depending
wholly upon Christian Science as I had done in every emergency for many
years. Still battling wave after wave of intense fear, I looked back
over the years that Christian Science had been our only physician. I
remembered many proofs of God's tender care, guidance, and protection,
as well as the healing of material ills, and I knew that there was only
one course I wished to follow. I asked the practitioner to continue
helping me, and I went on with my daily work.
The healing came very slowly, and there were many dark hours, but I
clung steadfastly to the truth that all God's creation is perfect and
that as His child I was a part of that perfection. This stand made it
possible for me to perform every duty expected of me at home, at school,
and at church, where I was substituting as Second Reader, an office
I had held some years before.
One day I realized that this physical imperfection, which was said to
be linked to the birth of our daughter, denied completeness to that
experience. Thus it virtually endeavored to destroy faith in the perfect
and permanent healing power of Christian Science. The harmonious birth
of our daughter had been one of the first proofs of divine protection
in our household. There had been no medical supervision up to the time
of delivery. The doctor in attendance had remarked to me when we engaged
his services: "Study your Christian Science. You'll be having an
examination on what you learn, and you can't write answers on your cuff."
The birth was most harmonious, and he remarked that my "test"
was passed with an unusually high grade.
Now, many years later, to have a different physician speak disparagingly
of that experience roused me to deny imperfection. I saw the nothingness
of the suggestion that God's perfect work could be reversed, and I knew
that I was free. Before very long the growth disappeared, and the healing
has been permanent. There is constant proof of God's law of good, and
I am most grateful for the multitudinous blessings that acknowledgment
of this law brings into our daily experience. I am wonderfully blessed
by being a member of The Mother Church and a branch church, having had
class instruction, and having the right to live our beautiful religion.
- MRS. GEORGIANA K. BROWNE in
The Christian Science Journal, Vol 73 [Home]
spiritually inspired Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, has written (Science and
Health, p. 174): "Truth is revealed. It needs only to be practiced."
A healing in my family taught me much about proving Truth, and I want
to share it.
One morning when my youngest child was in the third grade at school,
she came to my room and asked me to look at her face, saying she believed
she had ivy poisoning. Unmistakable symptoms were in evidence. Previously
she had been playing in a park when a stray kitten attracted her. Against
my protest, she had followed it into some brambles where she encountered
the poison ivy.
Acknowledging her disobedience, she now asked me for help in Christian
Science. I loved her honesty and humility, yet fear assailed me. A clear
assertion of God's allness claimed my attention. Tender compassion for
the child pushed back fear. In quick succession mental pictures of a
frightened mother, a disobedient child, a poisonous plant, and a fearsome
material condition flashed through my thought. However, I had centered
my thought on God and acknowledged His government of His creation. Therefore,
I was able to reject and deny as baseless, causeless, and unreal this
entire mental parade. With no excuses about discomfort or "a lot
of big words" my little third grader joyously accepted the invitation
to join in reading the Lesson Sermon, outlined in the Christian Science
Quarterly. The subject for that week was "God." Each statement
proclaiming the beauty and power of God's creation and declaring man's
freedom appeared fresh and new, appropriate for the occasion.
The lesson unfolded to us both until all sense of a problem was lost.
This passage from Science and Health wrote finis to any lingering belief
in penalty (p. 384) : "We should relieve our minds from the depressing
thought that we have transgressed a material law and must of necessity
pay the penalty. Let us reassure ourselves with the law of Love."
Before we had concluded the Bible Lesson, the child's sister came into
the room and exclaimed: "Oh, look! You are beautiful again !"
With her eyes opened wide and the color and shape of her face back to
normal, the little girl was indeed beautiful. The revealed Word, declaring
itself through the Bible and Science and Health, had become law to the
child's receptive thought. Overjoyed and awed by her rapid deliverance
she said: "Now I know what people mean by instantaneous healing.
It means right now."
A quickened appreciation of the Lesson Sermon, a better understanding
of the modus operandi of quick healing, plus a singing, buoyant gratitude,
are some of the healing results of this precious incident. I am especially
thankful that my children are learning with the help of devoted Sunday
School teachers to apply the truth promptly and effectively to their
daily needs. In the Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy we read
(Art. XXX, Sect. 7), "Healing the sick and the sinner with Truth
demonstrates what we affirm of Christian Science, and nothing can substitute
I have special cause to value the work of the Christian Science Committees
on Publication, my teacher's guidance, and the authorized biographies
of our beloved Leader. The unselfed love of practitioners, our periodicals,
and the Wednesday testimony meetings have blessed me immeasurably. I
say with the Psalmist (Ps. 103: 1 ), "Bless the Lord, O my soul:
and all that is within me, bless his holy name." -Mrs.
NANCY RUTH ROBERTS. in
Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 59 [Home]
AT COLLEGE HEALED
am grateful to have been born into a Christian Science family and to
have enjoyed the privileges of the Sunday School. But I am much more
grateful to have been reborn into Christian Science through understanding
and applying this truth. Fuller awareness of the power and grace of
this Christly teaching came to me during the Second World War. After
failure at a university and at an Army school, I sought out a Christian
Science Wartime Minister, as he was then called. A moral and spiritual
awakening took place. The Bible became illumined, and the mission of
Christ Jesus was made clear. Membership in The Mother Church resulted.
The following two years in England, France, and Germany were entirely
joyous ones, full of enduring friendships, spiritual growth, and service
as a Christian Science volunteer Wartime Worker, a position now known
as a Christian Science Representative in the Armed Services. Hospitals
and prisons were visited, and healings were effected for other soldiers
and for me.
My heart was singing, for I had found the way to health, happiness,
and holiness. Truly, "Love is impartial and Universal in its adaptation
and bestowals" (Science and Health, by Mrs. Eddy, p. 13). All may
use Christian Science to heal as Jesus did. With full confidence in
Gods gracious and enduring love, I returned to civilian life. There
followed marriage to another student of Christian Science. Before taking
this step, we asked God's guidance and referred to the Bible and to
the writings of Mrs. Eddy on this subject through the help of the Concordances.
Since then we have trusted God implicitly, and His goodness has been
abundantly manifested. Happiness and harmony in the home, healings of
diseases, and increasing supply have been ours. Active branch church
work has helped us maintain our consecration to God.
Undergraduate and graduate study in college was completed. Before the
war my high school record kept me from entering a particular college;
after I had been aroused to the practicality of Christian Science my
college work came naturally, easily, and joyously. Service to the Cause
continued through membership in a Christian Science Organization at
college, and afterward satisfying professional work unfolded normally.
The birth of one of our children was accompanied by serious complications.
As the practitioner worked prayerfully, the peace of God was made manifest.
To the amazement of the doctor, the birth went on naturally and was
completely harmonious for the mother and child.
At the birth of another of the children, the infant appeared to be lifeless
and did not respond to the doctor's attempts at resuscitation. A Christian
Science practitioner was called long distance, and we worked to realize
that God is Life. Within a short time the child was normal. Each of
our children has been enrolled in the Sunday School at or under the
age of two. The uplifting experience of class instruction has unfolded,
and the orderly, systematic understanding of Truth I thereby gained
has further enriched my living. Since returning to college for an advanced
degree, I find all our needs cared for through an understanding of God's
abundance. Renewed membership in a Christian Science Organization at
college has helped me to make the highest degree of spirituality my
Constant spiritual alertness and activity, daily study and silent prayer,
being mindful of God's guidance, are all enabling me to serve better
the Cause of Christian Science. -DONALD R. RIPPBERGER
Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 60 [Home]
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of the apparent misery and sadness in the world today is brought about
by false beliefs concerning the nature of joy. Our Leader, Mrs. Eddy,
clearly warns us against such beliefs when she states in" Miscellaneous
Writings" (pp. 9, 10), "A false sense of what constitutes
happiness is more disastrous to human progress than all that any enemy
or enmity can obtrude upon the mind or engraft upon its purposes and
achievements wherewith to obstruct life's joys and enhance its sorrows."
To the conscientious reader of this passage, the question boldly asserts
itself, "How can I rid my thought and experience of such false
beliefs about happiness?" In answering this question, the student
of Christian Science will find it useful to examine and ponder the true
nature of joy. Where does joy come from? How is it expressed? Christian
Science teaches and demonstrates that joy comes from God. True joy does
not come from any phase of material sense-person, place, or thing-no
matter how promising or alluring it may appear to be. Joy is spiritual.
Of necessity it must come from God, Spirit. The Psalmist sang (Ps. 16:11),
"In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are
pleasures for evermore."
Eventually, either through scientific understanding or through earthly
disappointments and sorrows, mankind will come to the admission that
there is no joy in matter. We can see that joy is a quality of God,
which man expresses naturally and continuously, because man is God's
complete spiritual idea, or expression, always. When correct concepts
of God and of His harmonious creation are received into our thought,
we can express gratitude and joy consistently. A young college student,
a Christian Scientist, was able to prove the true nature of joy in her
experience. Her healing illustrates the practical application which
Christian Science has to problems of youth today.
She attended a fine college, but a small one, in which the male enrollment
was not large enough to provide every girl with a date. Unhappy with
this situation, she considered attending another college where she might
have more friends and a satisfactory social life. At the same time she
asked a Christian Science practitioner to help her. A decision did not
appear immediately. The close of each vacation brought forth tears and
a dread of returning to college. One day, near the end of a Christmas
vacation, the girl was feeling unhappy and irresolute. She realized
that she must make her own decision about the right college, and the
decision, if it was based on Christian Science demonstration, would
be the correct one. She realized that a change was necessary in her
thinking before any satisfactory change could take place in her experience.
Evidence of such a change came one morning shortly after her return
to college. She awoke with the thought: "Oh, no! Not another dreary
day!" Almost immediately came the awareness that she was dwelling
on error in her thinking. Then came an angel message. She said to herself:
"Why, what am I thinking? I have been looking for happiness from
without, when it comes really from within!" Instantly she was filled
with the deepest joy, and she began to realize that she was healed of
The girl's decision to demonstrate Christian Science had brought about
a lasting effect in her life. Her happiness stayed with her, whether
she had a date or not. She found ways to express joy to others: In conversation,
in smiles, in acts of kindness. She had more dates after that, and her
friends were the right ones for her. They came as a result of her spiritual
understanding and her joy. She had learned that joy does not come from
having dates. She had proved that real joy comes from God directly through
mankind's understanding and expression of God.
The Christian Scientist knows that joy is one of the many qualities
of God, and man, the likeness of God, expresses these naturally and
perfectly. Knowing this, one does not go around merely getting joy out
of things; he lives and acts from the standpoint of God's goodness,
expressing joy and giving joy in everything he does.
Mrs. Eddy describes the role of the Christian Scientist in these words
in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany"
(p. 160): "To live so as to keep human consciousness in constant
relation with the divine, the spiritual, and the eternal, is to individualize
infinite power; and this is Christian Science." In order to express
deep joy, the Scientist does not have to wait for some future time when
all problems will be cleared away. However, recognition of the activity
of the Christ, Truth, in his own consciousness is needed to produce
In his daily activity and conversation, the Christian Scientist does
not lose contact with the Christ. He is aware of the ever-present power
of the Christ, impelling his every good thought, word, and act. He is
inspired by the Christ and can inspire and heal others, as Jesus indicated
in his teachings. Truly do our hears glow within us when we realize
that the Christ, Truth, has always been present to heal and bless. The
Christ is here today! Through Christian Science it is healing the world
of sin and sorrow. Truly we share an age-old and eternal truth, hidden
from the world but revealed to the spiritually receptive thought--the
truth that joy comes from God. -JOHN MARSHALL CUNO
Christian Science Sentinel, Vol 65 [Home]
those who have had Christian Science as their religion from childhood
hardly realize the magnitude of its effect and the wonder of discovering
that such a Science of Life exists. The permanent challenge and adventure
which one's experience becomes as one applies the teachings of Science
certainly "make all things new" (Rev. 2I:5).
My experience had been one of relatively good health and happiness,
with a certain degree of adventure and accomplishment, until I went
with my husband after the Second World War to live in a tropical country.
There the aimless life of pleasure and indolence seemed to corrode my
very being, and extreme unhappiness resulted. I became sick and tormented
as the beauty and value of living turned to ashes. From girlhood I had
been accustomed to regarding unhappiness as a purification. One day
I cried almost aloud, "O God, all this is worthwhile if only some
good can come of it!" That day the thought came to write to a friend
and ask the name of a book he had lent me once, fifteen years before,
when I was a girl. I felt it could in some way help me now. In this
fashion I obtained a copy of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy and quickly
became an eager student of Christian Science.
A few months after I had awkwardly started the daily study of the Bible
Lessons provided in the Quarterly, we were invited to a country where
my husband was to represent Great Britain in an athletic contest. While
there, he was offered a position in the United States, and all legalities
for entering that country were accomplished. Thus it was that I soon
found every opportunity to learn about my new religion. There followed
a time of extreme trial and triumph. A child born to us developed two
diseases, eczema and asthma, pronounced by physicians' extreme cases
and incurable. The process of working out his freedom was a long and
rugged experience which threatened to submerge me. I turned without
reservation and with total conviction to Christian Science for healing.
The Apostle Paul said (I Cor. 10: 13), "There hath no temptation
taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will
not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the
temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
During this period of five or six years I was to learn to use Mrs. Eddy's
definition of "Elias," part of which reads (Science and Health,
p. 585), "Christian Science, with which can be discerned the spiritual
fact of whatever the material senses behold." The sense picture
was constantly frightful in the one respect and occasionally alarming
in the other. The glimpse of Truth which through faith had brought a
child into what had been a childless marriage had to bud and blossom
into a proper understanding of God's spiritual laws. There were hours,
day and night, spent yielding to divine Principle, weeks and years of
acknowledging God's presence and power. The very tenacity and heartache
of the illnesses kept me the more persistently in prayer until the healings
were finally manifested, and our whole experience, we later found, was
lifted in a measure out of matter into the higher dimension of Spirit.
Christ Jesus told each one of his followers (Matt. 5:6), "Blessed
are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall
be filled." What blessed hope and certain fulfillment there is
in this statement of our Master! During most of the child's illness
there was daily help from a practitioner. After the first couple of
years I learned to claim progress, although it did not appear physically.
I am especially grateful for the stand taken by the practitioner who
helped a large part of this time. She was totally unyielding. She acknowledged
God and God only and taught me that she expected the same of me always
and under all circumstances. The discipline demanded my utmost, and
the lessons learned are beyond price.
My profound gratitude must be expressed for the quality of the protection
and healing experienced by my beloved husband through the direct application
of Science in his busy career as a professional athlete in this country.
Its immediacy has picked him up off the field of battle, as it were,
on more than one occasion. Sometime ago he was carried to a hospital
unconscious after horse and rider were knocked down at high speed. The
press reported his condition as only fair, but this was refuted the
next day when it was published that the doctors could find nothing wrong
with him. When he had recovered consciousness, he had asked that a practitioner
be called; and he declared that when she entered the hospital, everything
seemed to change. It was as though a blind had been lifted.
Apart from X-ray pictures, which were taken on his admission to the
hospital, he received no medical attention. A factor contributing to
his healing was the understanding that everyone must be seen as actually
free from blame in these accidents, and no least prick of resentment
must be felt. The magnitude of Mrs. Eddy's discovery of Christian Science
and the completeness of the revelation have become more apparent with
my own spiritual progress. That she set down the Science of man's at-one-ment
with God would not of itself have assured us of protection and happiness
and health had she not also revealed the workings of animal magnetism
and the method of handling it.
Here I acknowledge my very deep gratitude for the Manual of The Mother
Church by Mrs. Eddy. She has given us daily duties therein, and I have
learned that the prayerful performance of these foundational duties
is indispensable and vital. Spiritual progress results. The exalting
experience of class instruction and its renewal in the sacred association
meetings are treasures in heaven. The ceaseless floodtides of gratitude
for Christ Jesus, for Mrs. Eddy, for The Mother Church and its branches,
for practitioners and teachers, and for the periodicals, including the
priceless Christian Science Monitor, are endlessly flowing; and my gratitude
is hereby added to them. -MRS. ELIZABETH SKENE in
The Christian Science Journal, Vol 84 [Home]
of sporadic mental depression brought me to utter despair. Despite my
religious upbringing, I searched and searched for satisfactory answers
to life's problems. Theories of diet. exercise, psychoanalysis, medically
prescribed drugs, abundant liquor, and many material comforts, all failed
to bring any insight. Faced with three diagnoses of malignant disease,
an inability to raise my arms above the shoulder without great pain,
and seemingly insuperable personal problems, I saw the future as totally
I knew little of Christian Science, but as a last resort I decided to
visit a practitioner of this Science. I poured out my woes to her as
she patiently listened. Then she began to talk. I understood little
of what she said. After a while I heard her say, "You have never
been unkind." A flash of spiritual recognition came. It was never
"I," or my true spiritual self, that had been unkind. The
belief that the real man could be unkind is an imposition of mortal
mind, because anything unlike good is foreign to man's origin in God.
At that moment I felt as if a great weight slipped off my shoulders.
I found myself completely free of the overwhelming misery I had labored
under! It was something I'd never felt before in my whole life. I went
home rejoicing inside me, "I am healed, I am healed!" One
question became irresistible. "What happened to cause this regeneration?"
Both the depression and the disease had been permanently healed.
Today, with membership in The Mother Church and one of its branches,
and the blessing of class instruction in Christian Science, I know the
answer. I was touched by the Christ that day. This saving presence dispelled
the illusions of mortal thought that had perpetuated my mental darkness
and claimed to dominate my life. The truth of the spiritual perfection
of man came naturally to me as pure reality, and the years of fruitless
struggle suddenly seemed nothing. The inevitable failures had come because
my searching had turned to matter instead of Spirit for relief and comfort.
Mary Baker Eddy explains this fundamental point in Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures (p. 468): "Spirit is the real and eternal;
matter is the unreal and temporal."
A week after this healing, I attended my first Wednesday testimony meeting.
A woman there told how she had been healed of a malignancy nine years
before, and she vehemently spoke out for Christian Science: "Give
it all you've got!" Her sincerity and her faith in the healing
power of Christian Science enabled me once again to glimpse the presence
of the Christ, and this awareness has stayed with me ever since. Every
difficulty yields sooner or later to Truth, and I have much joy in seeing
more of God's abundant goodness in my own life and the lives of those
My gratitude never seems enough for the incomparable example of Christ
Jesus, our Master, and for Mrs. Eddy's courage and devotion as the Discoverer
of the healing Science that is available to all mankind. - BAYARD
C. AUCHINCLOSS in
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