The overcoming of poverty seems, to mortal mind, to be a very difficult problem in most cases. The Christian Scientist who has worked his way out of the thraldom of this condition, which seems more depressing than even most physical diseases, finds that others are usually very reluctant to accept his advice as to the best and only true way of overcoming its limitations. I distinctly remember that when there seemed a great lack of money with me, before coming into Science, my whole thought was how I could "make money;" but the more I strove to make it, the less I seemed to possess.

After coming into Christian Science, I began to learn that God is Love, and that divine Love is the only source of all that is good and needful. I also found that in proportion as I learned to love, i.e., to love God, good, with all my heart, and to love my neighbor as myself, not only were my present financial needs met, but my old debts (which at that time, if reckoned in dollars, were in five figures) began to disappear, until they were paid entirely. Now when I find others in bondage to the belief in poverty, which is not of God, hence not true, I try to show them the only way to become free from it; and when they smile and say, "Too transcendental," or even ridicule it, my heart goes out in compassion for them, but I know that they cannot be forever blinded to the truth, so I do what I can for them in the way of meeting their present need, with the hope that they will soon see the light.

I often meditate, in deep gratitude to God, and to His faithful messenger, Mrs. Eddy, upon the great blessings Christian Science has bestowed on me, and ask, "Am I really and truly grateful for Christian Science?" I cannot help but think that I am not, for it is not possible ever to discharge this great debt which Christian Science has put upon us,—a debt of gratitude which is daily getting larger. We have much consolation in knowing, as we do, that mankind is learning more and more each day that divine Love is our true storehouse and that it contains only that which is good; that if we will but use the key of spiritual understanding, we can enter and enjoy the great abundance that God has provided for all His children. Our greatest need is to reflect divine Love.

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April 25, 1908

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