There are many Christian people who have not individually experienced through the teaching of Christian Science the affluence of our God, and who look upon poverty almost, if not quite, as in the light of a virtue. The student of the Science of Christianity is, however, quickly and mercifully disillusioned on this point. He learns the falsity of this clogging belief, and becomes conscious that a sense of the absence of supply is by no means a virtue, that it is nothing less than a sense of separation from God, the source of all supply. To realize for one instant, as did Jesus, man's at-one-ness with God, is to be cognizant of Love's ruling—that where supply is man is. Says our Leader, "As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being" (Science and Health, p. 361). Why do we suffer from a sense of penury? Because we do not follow Jesus' instructions but rather reverse his method. He said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, ... and all these things shall be added unto you;" or as some one has beautifully expressed it: "Seek first to know thy need, and 'all these things,' the supply for thy wants, shall be added unto thee."

When tempted to be anxious and worried over our financial affairs we should take courage and remember that the prayer is for "daily bread." Are we taking thought for to-morrow? Then "give us grace for to-day" (Science and Health, p. 17). Give us heavenly riches for to-day. As heirs of God we have all, and know that every blessing is a spiritual blessing and our God-bestowed right. To know this is to know the truth which makes free,—free from this ungodly sense of God's absence.

In striving to explain the Science of Christianity to one who manifested in a marked degree the child-mind in his quickness to apprehend, he summed up the situation in the following pithy sentence: "I see! we have to know what is true, and all else has got to fall in with it." All that is worth possessing belongs to God, and we are His almoners to distribute His bounty, and dare we in cowardly dishonesty withhold that which is not ours to keep back? Rather should we be bravely trustful, ever giving of our best, for in "ceasing to give we cease to have, such is the law of Love."

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