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HEALING OF CRAMPS
Since that day, I have had the ardent desire to tell my brethren in the old home in Germany what a rich blessing the comprehension of this new-old truth has brought us.
I shall never forget the day when, on returning home, I found my wife entirely healed through Christian Science. She seemed to be slowly slipping away. For years she had been unable to eat meat, vegetables, or fruit, because she suffered from cramps at night. Finally she could eat nothing but a few spoonfuls of some prepared food. Yet more severe than this bodily suffering was the mental struggle within her. She greatly longed to attend to her household duties and watch over the education of her children, but her illness would not permit it. She was examined by several physicians, and while on a visit in Europe she was treated by a specialist, but without receiving any lasting benefit. As a last resort, she determined to go to a hospital in Portland, Ore. A few days before her intended departure, I had to start on a long journey. While visiting an old friend in Portland, he begged me to try Christian Science for her. I wrote to my wife, telling her to choose for herself. We had never before heard of Christian Science, but God led us with His guiding hand, and when I returned home one week later, I found her entirely healed.
This occurred two years ago, and she has never had any return of the old trouble. Who would not be willing to give God the glory with all his heart!
Her recovery has opened up a new way to Life, revealed to us through the study of the Bible and our textbook, which have become to us the most precious books on earth. We read them daily with true enjoyment. Instead of sickness, we have found health; instead of sin, the honest desire to be freed from all sin; instead of discord and simply a customary form of politeness, we have found peace and love; instead of mere existence, Life. The words of Jesus have been fulfilled: "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
The adherents of Christian Science are often accused of falling into a state of self-satisfaction which hinders outward progress, but this is far removed from the truth. We soon learned that healing is the result of right thinking, and from that time on we saw that it was our duty to "let the dead bury their dead" and to find our mission in this new light of Love and Truth.
We know that we have hardly "touched the hem of his garment," and sometimes it seems as if we have a long way before us until we come into the knowledge of "a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ," but with Paul we can say that we are "forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before." And we all know that the struggle of overcoming self does not permit of any lethargy.
I cannot close without expressing my gratitude to those who have so patiently and lovingly helped us so far, especially our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, of whom it was said before the greatness of her work for the welfare of all humanity was recognized as it is now, that men came to her to mock and when they left, they were praying.
The Christian Science Journal, February, 1904
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