Christian Science Testimony

         I am deeply grateful for the many blessings that have come to me and mine, and that continue to bless us daily in Christian Science. I thank God that, without solicitation from anyone, I turned to this truth, not for physical healing, but because I was in distress. Orthodox creeds failing to satisfy me, I had for many years been looking into philosophies and other religions; but while admitting to myself the superiority of the Christian religion, the Bible seemed contradictory and impractical, and religion in this age a very mournful thing. I can only liken my mental attitude to that of a pilgrim in a valley, storm clouds overhead, and every avenue of escape obstructed by an impassable mountain. I thank God that though my need was so sore when I first began the study of Christian Science, the light came instantaneously, the supply of understanding coming with such deep conviction that it was like a glorious flash of sunlight, which illumined every cloud with a rainbow of promise. As I continued to seek, the seeming obstacles began to be removed.

         I said I had turned to Christian Science for hope and comfort; my grief and worry were so great as to make of secondary consideration at that time a chronic throat trouble and minor ills; the former had hampered my childhood and young girlhood, and wherever I traveled I was constantly consulting physicians and trying new remedies to no effect. While studying the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, I was healed of this distressing trouble and a number of other ailments. One may imagine my happiness to find myself suddenly a well woman, with faith advanced to spiritual understanding of the promises of the Comforter! Then there began to be manifested in my daily life the "fruit of the Spirit," — love, joy, and peace, compared with which the physical healing is hardly remembered except for gratitude. The conviction which comes with demonstration explains what Martin Luther meant when he said, "Here I stand; I can do no otherwise, so help me God."

         I am glad of an opportunity to express my recognition of the wonderful work Mrs. Eddy has done for this age in placing Christianity on the basis of demonstrable Science, whose Principle is divine Love, and I am grateful that the Christ-Science has made this spiritual awakening a present possibility to me.

Louise W. Snead
Flushing, New York


"Testimonies from the Field"
The Christian Science Journal, December, 1910

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