Christian Science Testimony

         Christian Science has brought the greatest blessings into my life, for it has given me health and peace. For about twenty years I was practically an invalid and always under the care of a physician. When only sixteen years of age I was sent to an eastern college, apparently in good physical condition, and after two years returned to my home in the Middle West a nervous wreck. When I married I went to live in Concord, New Hampshire, and our home was not far from that of Mrs. Eddy, for whom I cared nothing then. For a few years I was fairly well. Then came a complete breakdown, and for four years a trained nurse was kept in the house to care for me. Mrs. Eddy usually took her daily drive past our house, and I could easily see her love for little children, for she always seemed to watch our two little girls at their play and was always smiling at them, and her sweet smile is something I shall never forget. I used to look at her and say to my nurse, "If there is anything in Mrs. Eddy's religion, why cannot I be well just by looking at her every day as I do?"

         If I had only known then what the truth really is; but I did not. There was a great deal of prejudice against Christian Science among my friends; so I lay and suffered physically, mentally, and nervously with what the doctors called stomach, heart, and catarrhal trouble, and every misery nerves could cause, besides an internal weakness that doctors could only relieve by constant treatment. After twelve years we sold out everything and came to California, hoping that the change of climate would benefit me and our eldest little daughter, who was very frail at the time. I felt very fearful of the trip on account of my heart.

         For a few years I seemed much better, but soon broke down and was again under the care of a physician. I thought myself no comfort to myself or anyone else, and life seemed a terrible burden. I longed to die so as to be free from suffering, yet feared death greatly, and always carried a bottle of medicine in my pocket and kept it under my pillow at night.

         One day we heard of the healing by Christian Science of a malignant growth, and it seemed so wonderful to me that my husband took me to see the one who had been healed. After that visit we felt that if Christian Science could heal such a disease, it could surely heal me, or at least it could do me no harm to try it. After my first treatment I began to sleep quietly and restfully, a thing I had not done for years, and then gradually all my troubles left me. I was so grateful that I began to study "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and all the family followed; the children started in at Sunday school, and the whole atmosphere of our home changed. Now I am well enough to enjoy everything that others do, and can say that it is a pleasure to live. For years I could not stay in a room filled with people. Now I can go anywhere in a crowd, and can walk a long distance. I can also do my own housework.

         A few months ago I was in what seemed to be a frightful accident when the automobile in which I was riding through one of the canyons tipped over and rolled completely over two and a half times into a deep ravine. As I heard the crashing of glass and was rolling over on my head I realized we were going to the bottom of a deep ravine inside of a closed automobile, and the danger of it frightened me. Then like a reproach came the thought, "Is not God with you here as well as in your own home?" and just that instant the automobile stopped upside down halfway down the side of the hill, and in looking over the ground afterward we could find nothing, not even a little bush, that could have stopped it. I realized then as never before that God is with us in time of trouble. I was the only Christian Scientist in the party, and I was the only one to escape without a scratch or bruise or a nervous collapse. I kept declaring the truth and helped all the others get home and cared for them.

         Words cannot express my gratitude for this return to health, and I am most grateful for the peace and joy that Christian Science has given me. I never loved to read the Bible as I do now, nor did I understand it, although I have been a member of an orthodox church since I was a young girl. I am also grateful for our Sunday school, for it has taught our daughters that God is Love and an ever present help. One of our daughters has learned in a short time to work out almost all of her problems.

Lillian Nealley Roy
Santa Ana, California

         I can state that the foregoing statement is correct, and I also believe that Mrs. Eddy's life and teaching are like the beautiful lake to which she refers in Science and Health (p. 477), poetically named by the Indians "The smile of the Great Spirit."

George C. Roy


"Testimonies of Healing"
Christian Science Sentinel, July 13, 1918

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