The Lesson-Sermon

We can hardly estimate the good we derive from the study of the Lesson-Sermons in the Christian Science Quarterly. Each lesson brings us what we need for every day of the week. How often, when the error to be overcome seemed so great, and when we were at a loss to know how to meet it, the lesson has brought us the statement of truth whereby we could realize error's unreality and so destroy it. The lessons are both a preventive and a cure of disease and discord. "His truth shall be thy shield and buckler." These lessons contain the Word as given in the Bible references and spiritually interpreted by the references from Science and Health. As we gain the spiritual sense of the Word, it becomes to us the healing truth. "Ye shall know the truth [understand it spiritually], and the truth shall make you free." Then we are able to prove the Psalmist's statement, "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling."

One morning a Christian Scientist, in studying the lesson. had a clearer realization of the truth it contained than usual. A few hours later, her little boy was skating on the river. This was during ice harvest, and a narrow channel had been cut across the river to float the ice through to shore. The little boy was making a long run and did not see the channel until too near it to stop. He fell into the river where the water was very deep and very swift. He swam across the channel, but was unable to get upon the ice as the water was so swift that it drew his limbs under the ice. The men were unable to reach him in time to give any assistance, and there seemed to be no way of escape, when, with presence of mind, he changed his position, made a great effort and raised himself clear up on the ice and was saved without any human help. Who will doubt that the morning study of the lesson enabled this mother and her boy to realize the promise, "I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him."

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