November 6, 2018

Dear People,

Here’s bit of a head start on Thanksgiving – some great reasons for gratitude.

Here are twelve testimonies, listed below. Some of them you may remember from my having mentioned them during an Association or in class. But when I read through the abundant testimonies in just the first six months of that issue of the Sentinel and came across healing after powerful healing, I knew they could help us all to be more awake and grateful for the very existence of Christian Science.

If Christian Science had done nothing more than bring about these healings, often after all medical remedies had failed or a medical diagnosis demanded immediate medical attention, any reasonably responsive person would be grateful for how Christian Science had helped and healed people in such great need.

In the attached listing, you’ll find healings of an adult who had only a few hours to live, of a one-year-old child expected to die before morning, healing of growths and tumors, of cancer diagnosed as life-ending in a matter of hours, cataract, deafness, polio, healing of stroke at the age of 87, and release from a mental institution after 19 years. You’ll also find inspiring experiences of gaining sudden spiritual light and understanding that brought immediate healing.

Please remember in your reading that these testifiers were no more spiritually deserving or humanly perfect than you or me! They were healed not because of some human worthiness but because of the divine reality of things that is always there to be found, because of the grace of God, because of unchanging divine and omnipresent Principle, which is not different now than in 1974 or in Christ Jesus’s ministry.

This is what Psalms (50:14) tells us: “Offer unto God thanksgiving, and pay thy vows unto the Highest."

So let’s pour out our gratitude to God in Thanksgiving this year, in whatever way comes to us – whether quietly in prayer or by standing up and voicing our thanks and gratitude in a Wednesday evening meeting or a Thanksgiving service. Even if you’ve never given a testimony, you can. It’s time to join in. We need everyone now. The smallest healing or the simplest words of thanks will be loved and valued by everyone.

Let’s let the rafters of our churches or meeting places resound with our humble, honest joy and heartfelt thanks.

With so much love and thanks to you, and for you,

Skip
Allison W. Phinney, C.S.B.


It has been many years since I began the study of Christian Science...
By Susie F. LeGrande with contributions from Barbara E. Kinney, February 2, 1974; p.205 

As a result of my being raised in a home where Christian Science...
By Jane H. Holtermann, February 9, 1974; pp, 249-50

I am grateful for the guidance and protection of Christian Science....
By Anna Miller, February 16, 1974; pp. 295-96

I was fortunate enough to be brought up in the Christian Science Sunday School...
By Olwen S. B. Wilson, February 23, 1974; pp. 337-38

I am writing this testimony to express my deep gratitude to...
By Harriet B. Gosnell with contributions from Edna May Evans White, March 16, 1974; p. 469

Since my last testimony was given in The Christian Science Journal, October,...
By Clara E. Dame with contributions from Helen E. Knuth, March 16, 1974; pp.472-73 

A few years ago in a time of great mental depression, when...
By Lena Fridén, March 30: 1974; p. 563

One day in February, 1970, while I was painting a picture...
By Sophie Steidel, April 13, 1974; pp. 646-47

At the first service I attended in a Church of Christ, Scientist,...
By Ruth C. Barlow, May 18, 1974; pp. 866-69 

Twenty-five years ago when I first heard of Christian Science, my...
By Alyce Galdins with contributions from Augusts P. Galdins, May 25, 1974; pp. 909-10 

I am most grateful that my husband and I were from Christian Science...
By Dorothy E. Tregembo, June 1, 1974; pp. 954-55

In the spring of 1935, I was told by a doctor that I had a growth...
By Una K. Anderson, June 1, 1974; pp. 959-60