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Christian Science Testimony
"ABSENT FROM THE BODY ... PRESENT WITH THE LORD"


         I came to Christian Science, as thousands of others, in search of health. A member of my family had been wonderfully benefited by its teaching; and, after a noted specialist in New York had pronounced my case beyond the reach of material means, I turned in my despair to God. I had not studied Christian Science long until I learned that my physical disease was the result of sin: it was an accumulation of years of sinful thinking, thinking of pleasure and pain in the body, dwelling upon and contemplating the indulgence of appetites. I called up a Christian Science practitioner, began taking treatment, and immediately started the study of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and other Christian Science literature, with but one thought, and that was to gain physical health, to have a physically well body, that I might again go back to "the world, the flesh, and the devil."

         My healing was slow. I visited the Christian Science practitioner's office daily for almost a year, read little else but the Christian Science textbook, abandoned all social intercourse; and at the expiration of the first year I had found real health. It was an understanding of God, and I had glimpsed in a measure what Paul says: "We are ... willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." This spiritual understanding of divine Mind lighted the way. Permanent deliverance came as I, through patient study, found the attributes of God and made an effort to let that Mind be in me "which was also in Christ Jesus." The way has not always been clear, nor has it been free from defeats as well as triumphs; but it has brought me peace.

Edgar Grant Gyger
New York, New York

 

"Testimonies of Healing"
Christian Science Sentinel, March 11, 1922
 

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