Christian Science Testimony

         Having been through an experience this winter during the time of the influenza epidemic, I wish to relate it as one more proof of the power of Truth, as taught in Christian Science, to heal even as in Jesus' time. I was taken ill with the prevailing malady, and not being able to overcome the condition myself, I asked for help from a practitioner. It has been my custom to read from Science and Health or some of our literature before going to sleep, and one night soon after calling upon the practitioner to treat me, I was awakened with a sense of having been close to the shadow of death. I turned on the light and got the book, declaring that God was my life, but I could not see to read, as the page was a blur. I therefore wakened my wife and told her to call the practitioner. She succeeded in getting her at once and by the time she got back to me I was reading. The subject of the Lesson-Sermon that week was "Life," and it certainly meant a great deal to me at that time. Before going to sleep again we read the Lesson, and there is one citation I shall never forget: "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord."

         My wife tells me that to mortal sense I had every appearance of one passing on. We are reminded of God's readiness to bless us in Isaiah, where we read, "And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer." This experience has given me a clearer understanding of our Leader's statement, "Life is real, and death is the illusion" (Science and Health, p. 428), for I was near enough to know that for God's man there is no death. I know this because during the time the shadow was over me I was conscious of my real self.

         It is wonderful what is being done through the understanding of Christian Science. Jesus' command to "heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils," is surely being fulfilled today.

Harry Rix
Hillyard, Washington


"Testimonies of Healing"
Christian Science Sentinel, July 12, 1919

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