Christian Science Testimony

         I longed to be a better Christian and prayed earnestly for several years, asking God to guide my feet into paths of righteousness and peace. Christian Science came to me in what seemed to be a very dark hour. I had searched for truth in orthodox churches till I was "weary and heavy laden." I worked in one church thirteen years, and from that went to a mission that believed in faith healing, but was not satisfied, and still kept on asking for light.

         At last, when our textbook was put into my hands, the great light did come, it was just what I had been asking, looking, and waiting for. It was food for my soul, health for my body, and I lived on it for weeks. In a few weeks a disease of twenty-three years' standing and other chronic troubles entirely disappeared, and I have never had the slightest return of any of them. This great blessing came through reading "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. During class instruction I was troubled with three very discordant teeth. I told my teacher about them, and a few days before the close of class they were entirely healed. The dentist had said that all of them were so nearly gone they could not be saved. Two healed over so the cavities could not be found, and I am wholly unconscious of any sensation in the other.

         Since coming to Christian Science a babe was born to me under perfectly harmonious conditions. The third day error wanted to creep in with a sense of suffering, and the demand that I keep still to avoid further trouble. "Miscellaneous Writings" was under my pillow. I took it up and turned to the hymn (p. 396) written by our Leader,

O'er waiting harpstrings of the mind
There sweeps a strain,
Low, sad, and sweet, whose measures bind
The power of pain.

Instantly the sense of pain vanished. I got up, dressed myself, and have been perfectly well ever since; whereas before, there was more or less discord, confining me to my bed two and three weeks.

         Our little boy of five years was healed of spinal meningitis in four days. Christian Science is our only medicine, our only preacher, our only physician.

         I wish to express my gratitude to our dear Leader for the wonderful book, Science and Health, that has brought to my life health, peace, and joy, and a wonderful spiritual uplifting, such as nothing else was able to give. I wish also to express my thanks for the message, "Now and Then" by our Leader. A great unfoldment of obedience in the ever-present now, has been given me, never to put off till tomorrow what is to be done now, "Now is the time in which to experience that salvation in Spirit and life. Now is the time for so-called material pains and material pleasures to pass away" (Science and Health, p. 39). Through the realization of this great fact I have been enabled to heal instantly the sense of pain in a tooth for a little girl. I thank God daily for sending this great light to the world for the benefit of mankind.

Ella Pryor
Los Angeles, California


"Testimonies of Healing"
Christian Science Sentinel, March 5, 1904

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