Our Third Bow

Now again comes the Weekly making its third bow to the Field, under the new title of "The Christian Science Sentinel," and in a new head-dress. It is enough to say that this new name and dress were suggested by our beloved Leader, the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, who, with loving Mother-heart and watchful eye, keeps constant vigil in the high tower of her spiritual observation, praying for the awakening unto salvation of all her children, nay, of all mankind. She also suggested the quotation from Jesus, "What I say unto you I say unto you all, watch." A sentinel is preeminently a watcher. Our weekly publication is to be a sentinel for the Field.

One of the lexicographical definitions of sentinel is, "One who keeps watch or guard to prevent surprise." One of the most important duties of Christian Scientists is to be so watchful as to never be caught off their guard or taken by surprise. How shall this degree of watchfulness best be attained? By keeping every one's consciousness in the "secret place of the Most High." This place can be reached and abided in only through watching and praying. Let our watching be unceasing and our praying instant. Let us reflect God, Good, in our lives in such a manner that error will flee before us, and never be able to get near us. Let us be sentinels on the watch-tower of Truth.

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