Shut the Door

Soon  after my healing, which was realized through the study of our text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, I saw that by applying faithfully and persistently my understanding of divine Principle I could work out every problem that presented itself in my daily life. I found that by putting into practice all that I understood of Truth, I gained a little each day; and every time I made a demonstration, even though ever so small, I was that much stronger to cope with the next problem which presented itself. In a short time I found myself confronted with the financial question. It was very clear to me that poverty is only a phase of error. I saw that I had the same right to freedom from chronic poverty that I had from chronic liver trouble, of which I had been perfectly healed, because St. Paul says, "God shall supply all your need.” But how was I to overcome this seemingly giant error? I began a diligent study of the Bible and our text-book, and "by little and little" I worked out the problem.

Early in this study and demonstration I found that I must seek "first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness." I had learned that righteousness is right thinking, so if I could think right, I knew I could solve the problem. The first thing to do was to seek supply in the "kingdom of God,"—that is, I must find all in God. Then came the command, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

It was easy to say that God is the source of my supply, that God is all, but it was another thing to know it, especially when my pocket-book was nearly empty, and I had no work, while my expenses were going on just the same; but I remembered that "now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." I must know the truth now, and if I could not know it now there must be some mistake in my reasoning; there could be no mistake in Principle, for that is absolute. James says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." Again I read, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever," and better still, Jesus' last words, as recorded by Matthew, "Lo, I am with you alway." This was the point that I had failed to see—"'Lo, I am with you alway,'—that is, not only in all time, but in all ways and conditions" (Science and Health, p. 317).

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Little Cities
January 27, 1906

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