The Power of a Unit—Love

MANY of us have had opportunity to watch the operations of gangs of laborers along the railroad tracks of our country. The speed with which they labor and the amount of work they can accomplish in a short space of time has been a subject of much comment.

I was very much interested not long since in watching such a gang of men transferring to a flat car a pile of heavy rails which were lying in a ditch beside the track. These men stood shoulder to shoulder, and at the word of command they stooped and each grasped the rail, at another word the rail was lifted alongside the car, at another, it was tossed upon the flat car. In a comparatively short time the pile of rails had all been transferred.

While I stood there, I learned a new lesson. In that seemingly immovable mass, I could see a likeness to error, the manifestations of mortal belief filling the ditches of human consciousness; in the laborers I saw the students of Christian Science, who should stand as a unit in Love, shoulder to shoulder in the effort to overcome the varied manifestations of human belief; in the section foreman who gave the word of command, I found a likeness to the Master, whose word of command to us to-day is "Love." "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another," and like a benediction came the words from Science and Health, page 242: "In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve, with the universal solvent of Love, the adamant of error."

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The Brotherhood of Man
May 16, 1903

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