As yet the Christian Scientists of Southport, England,...

Ormskirk (England) Advertiser

As yet the Christian Scientists of Southport, England, are keeping their candle beneath a bushel. They choose to do their good deeds in the dark rather than parade them in the open street. They go about in silence, following in the footsteps of him whom they take as their pattern, but wherever they go they inspire all with faith, leave the doubting heart believing. "Heal the sick" is their golden motto. They live again in the days when Christ gave the gift of healing to his disciples—a gift which has been lost through lack of faith. They believe that the power of Christ is as strong to cure now as it was before he ascended unto his Father, and that all who come to him with the faith of the woman who touched the hem of his garment, will be made whole. According to their doctrine a painless world is then within our reach—a beautiful perfect world in which there will be no need for sympathy, for suffering will not exist.

In the treadmill of every-day life, however, far, far above the suffering of the body comes the suffering of the mind; distractions, vexations—a hundred thousand worries. Tempers of our own as well as other people's dull the bright eyes of happiness when she is closest at our side. It is then that we need Christian Science, then that we need a perfect faith in God, then that we want the patience from above, the trust, the assurance that will go with us into life and make us look straight onward through a hopeless mist, with the continued consciousness that as Christ answered the prayers of all when on earth, he is just as powerful to answer them now. The Christian Science churches always give one a sense of rest. The hymns the congregation sing are of love and joy. The prayers are full of trust, and the people one meets there have happy faces—faces like those who are the true reflectors of the sunlight of God's love.—Ormskirk (England) Advertiser.

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