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RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS HEALED
I had hardly thought of Science as a help for myself, but at that time I had been suffering for several years from acute rheumatoid arthritis, and was so crippled that I could not stand or move without two sticks, while a most limited and severe diet seemed my one hope of not having every joint in my body rendered useless. It was over three years after I turned to Christian Science before I could walk at all without a stick, but I never lost my clear conviction that this religion is the truth, and in those three years I had many proofs of this. During the first few months of treatment I was healed of an obstinate internal trouble which doctors had told me was incurable at my age. I also began to sleep naturally and soundly and to eat without fear anything set before me. Then one evening, when I was battling with depression and earnestly praying for light, the light was sent, for I suddenly saw that I was treating this lameness as if it were real, as if God had made it; I was afraid of my leg, was nursing it and sparing it. From that day my condition steadily improved. Today I run up and down stairs and jump off and on motor busses with an activity many half my age do not have. When I last saw a well-known oculist, twelve years ago, he told me I had strong astigmatism as well as gout, and must never read, write, or work without glasses, whereas for several years I have not worn them and have had no return of the old trouble.
These physical blessings, beautiful though they are, seem little compared with the wonderful peace, happiness, security, confidence, and joy that a better understanding of God brings us. How can I ever thank God enough for Mrs. Eddy's life work, when Christian Science has brought me assured health and happiness instead of constant pain; has taken away all fear, anxiety, and worry by revealing to me a real and living God who is an ever present friend. Truly I can say with the psalmist that Christian Science has "put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God."
Christian Science Sentinel, January 31, 1920
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