When we come into Christian Science, nothing is more wonderful to us than to know that we really may accept as true and rely on these words of St. John: "Now are we the sons of God." Every difficulty can be conquered with the knowledge of this truth, which destroys the sense of limitation and enables one to face difficulties with assurance of victory.

Sometimes we are surprised that, after some years of striving to be Christian Scientists, some years of knowing that good is the only reality, some years of feeling convinced that "man's harmony is no more to be invaded than the rhythm of the universe" (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 61), we should still see so many things as difficulties, but these verses from the book of Revelation come to give us courage: "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment"—the white raiment of purity, of the perfect life; "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna"—spiritual joy and peace; "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life"—the consciousness of good, the spiritual sense of being; "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne"—having dominion over all error. It is comforting to think that there could be no overcoming if there were no difficulties, no temptations—nothing to overcome. Thus do our difficulties and temptations only make us rejoice that as "sons of God" we can overcome them.

I sometimes wonder if Jesus was not "overcoming" during those thirty years of his obscurity,—overcoming all sorts of domestic difficulties; overcoming difficulties in the carpenter shop; overcoming difficulties in the synagogue; in social intercourse, in the village, in the state, until his outlook had become one of such positive and spontaneous conviction of the allness of God that he blossomed out into those three marvelous years of such glorious affluence of Truth and Love that every sick thought was healed instantaneously, the dead were raised, abundance was manifested in the desert, storms were quelled, every physical law was put to naught and immortality revealed.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

November 28, 1908

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.