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GRATEFUL FOR HEALINGS
However, we soon learn that no matter what great privileges we have had in learning Christian Science, or how long we may have studied it, the proof lies in how much we can apply of it. My first healing of a so-called severe sickness entirely through my own efforts came when as a girl in high school I realized I was losing the hearing in one of my ears. At the end of several months the hearing had entirely gone. This seemed a terrible calamity to me, especially since I was particularly interested in musical work. In a childlike kind of way I decided upon a course of action. It was during my summer vacation, and I decided to read and study Christian Science just as diligently as I could for a week; then, if the condition did not yield, I would ask my mother to have Christian Science treatment for it. Never was I as earnest in anything as in the mental work done that week; and on the very last day of it the deafness left suddenly like a rising cloud. A few days later fear crept in, and there was a slight return of the condition; but this was overcome and since that time I have been absolutely free. All those who are endeavoring to practice Christian Science know the joy of making one's first demonstration alone; and my joy seemed indeed full.
Even this experience, however, did not seem a sufficient lesson for me. It seems that we all have to be awakened from the dream of materiality, and those who have always known of Science need the lesson too. We are apt to grow self-sufficient and take our health for granted. This was my mental state in 1918, when pneumonia came upon me with great severity. Loving practitioners stood firmly at my side working night and day when necessary, and with my healing came a wonderful awakening to and appreciation of the truth. I used to boast that I had had the privilege of attending the Christian Science Sunday School for a period of about seventeen years; but I learned that we have to prove our position every step of the way, and must daily go up higher. Christian Science demands constant progress of us; and if we are not willing to learn our lesson through diligent study and application, we are forced to do so through suffering.
I am indeed grateful for the healings that have come to me through Christian Science; for the lessons it teaches; and for the big and grand ideas it unfolds in our lives, ennobling our outlook on all things. What a debt of gratitude we owe our dear Leader, whose unselfish work makes all this joy possible to us!
Christian Science Sentinel, September 20, 1924
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