Our text-book tells us that "the demands of God appeal to thought only" (Science and Health, p. 182). I shall never forget the joy that came to me when I first caught a glimpse of the meaning of that statement. I had been a student of our text-book some considerable time, and no doubt had read this sentence over and over again, but I did not appreciate it until I arrived at a certain point in my demonstration over sense and self. Then I saw what an enormous amount of patience our Leader must have in proving to so many that "the way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love" (Ibid., p. 201).

What a vista of thought this opened out to me. It enabled me first of all to grasp the meaning of the passage from the Lord's Prayer: "Give us this day our daily bread," as interpreted by Mrs. Eddy: "Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections" (Ibid., p. 17). It is a help to know that this interpretation is correct according to the original language, and it is so comforting and healing to experience the understanding spiritually, and apply it to our daily life. Many times since then I have been able to rely upon divine "grace" and apply that prayer to my daily needs. We often hear the Bible quotation: "My grace is sufficient for thee," but what a substantial thing that grace becomes in Christian Science. It enables us to rely less and less upon materiality and personality for happiness and success. Now we know that happiness is spiritual, therefore we are not so easily disappointed or discouraged. We can affirm the truth about every real thing and every real individuality, in face of all seeming trouble and misunderstanding. Then we are truly relying upon His grace by making God first in our affections and in our aims.

June 22, 1907

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