Christian Science Testimony

         I did not know at the time, eight years ago, why I took up Christian Science, for I was led to buy the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," almost as soon as I had heard the name; but when I found on further study that my childhood prayer to be able to heal the sick as Jesus did was answered, my joy knew no bounds. Through the unfoldment to me of God as Father-Mother, as revealed in Christian Science, I was enabled to meet the needs of my two little girls from the time the younger was eight months old until they were placed in the care of a loving Christian Scientist, two years later. The way they turn to God for help is beautiful. One morning, when the younger child wakened with what those in the house who were not interested in Christian Science called infantile paralysis, she could only say, "Read to me." I read to her almost all day from Science and Health. When evening came a smile suddenly appeared, and in fifteen minutes she jumped down on to the floor, laughing happily, and was free. Last winter she was quickly healed of acute lung trouble, being downstairs the fourth day.

         When I contemplate the unceasing toil of the gentle woman, Mrs. Eddy, through whose purity we are enabled to know God as Mother, the gift of the printed word in her works and our other literature, the unselfish work of teachers and practitioners, the privilege of class instruction, and all the channels provided for worthwhile activity, I too can say with the psalmist, "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord." Greater happiness and deeper joy than I ever deemed possible have come to me through Christian Science, and I am deeply grateful to all those whose pioneer work has enabled us to follow the way of salvation, so plainly marked out.

Archie B. Pickell
St. Joseph, Missouri


"Testimonies of Healing"
The Christian Science Journal, January, 1919

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