my earliest recollection I suffered more or less from a
throat affection, and each attack seemed worse than the
preceding one, until I lived in constant fear. A few years
ago I was awakened, shortly after retiring, by a great sense
of pain, and with all the symptoms of the disease I so
dreaded. I immediately began to declare the truth and deny
the testimony of the senses. I grew alarmingly worse,
however; my first thought was that I must call a friend over
the telephone and ask for help, as I felt I could not handle
the claim. To do this I would have had to pass my mother's
room, as she, being critically ill at the time, would have
been disturbed and caused to feel anxious about me, I was
obliged to put into practice my little knowledge of Science.
The pain was so severe that I could not seem to get a clear
thought; the only thing I could do was to repeat the
"scientific statement being" (Science and Health, p. 468).
This I continued do, working until about midnight, when
every sense of pain left and I grew as calm and peaceful as
a child. After giving thanks to God for the love and care He
gives His children who trust Him, I fell asleep.
next morning I arose as usual and attended to duties during
the day, no one knowing of the struggle I had with error. If
we could only learn to put our trust in God, who is an
ever-present help in time of need, instead asking for help
from someone else whenever we come in contact with error, we
would daily grow stronger and learn to put in practice our
understanding of Science. In writing this, I hope I may help
those who are laboring to overcome fear and
send this testimony with a heart full of love and
thankfulness to God, and of gratitude to our revered Leader
that we have been shown the way to live aright.
North Attleboro, Massachusetts
Christian Science Sentinel, December 26,