For four months I have been living in the country away...

For four months I have been living in the country away from home, no Christian Science Church or fellow-worker in our cause within many miles. After spending the morning of our communion Sunday in the reading of the lesson, and of the last two numbers of our Sentinel, I am moved to express my gratitude for the truth contained in every line of the pages I have read.

No one who has not been separated for a long time from all the other privileges of our church life can understand what good food for those who are hungering and thirsting after righteousness, is brought to them by the Bible, Science and Health, and the periodical publication. It is indeed a "table prepared in the wilderness." The thought of how the presence and power of divine Love have guided and protected me in a new and strange life, away from all human assistance, how I have been given understanding and power, health and strength, in the presence of doubt and fear all around me, brings with it feeling of profound thankfulness to God and to our Leader, and a new-born hope for the future.

The blessings of the past are ours; the failures cannot drag us back to live with them. Concerning them, Paul said, "Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

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March 7, 1903

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