Christian Science Testimony

          I have often thought I would like to give to the Field my first experience in Christian Science, and also my healing, which, to me, was most wonderful. From early boyhood to the time of my healing, which included many long and weary years, I can scarcely remember a time when I was not taking medicine in some form. I was a great sufferer the larger part of the time. My physician told me when quite a boy, that by taking good care of myself I might outgrow my ailment, but I never did until I read "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy.

          Eighteen years ago, Science and Health was placed in my hands for the first time, and I was told that the reading of the book would cure me. I didn't believe it, as I could not see how the reading of a book could cure anyone in the condition I believed I was in, but I began to read it. The book was in two volumes at that time, and I read both and then laid it down denouncing it, and saying that it contradicted its own statements from beginning to end. My wife said it was I and not Science and Health that was jumbled up, but that statement by my wife did not change my mind in the least. I laid the book down and did not intend to read it any more, but somehow, in a very short time, I found myself again reading it, and I read it through the second time. After I had again read this wonderful book, I was very anxious to continue its study. While I was reading it the third time my apprehension was wonderfully illumined; like Paul on his way to Damascus, the scales had fallen from my eyes and I was healed. As I learned afterward the bright light that fell upon my pathway was the light which "shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." Old things had indeed passed away and behold all things had become new.

          I never can be thankful enough for what Christian Science has done for me in the past eighteen years and is still doing for me everyday. I am also very thankful to our dear Leader for showing us the way of salvation, as the great Master taught his disciples.

William H. H. Benford
Denver, Colorado


Christian Science Testimony
The Christian Science Journal,
December, 1904

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