It is the hope, we might almost say the ambition, of every Christian Scientist, no matter what his business or official duties may be, at some time to devote his entire time and energies to the practice of the healing work which our Master commended to his followers, and those who are able to realize this hope are indeed fortunate. It is with sincere pleasure, therefore, that upon his retirement from the two important offices which he has held and filled so faithfully and acceptably we extend to Mr. William B. Johnson our congratulations. During the nineteen years that Mr. Johnson has been Clerk of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and the seventeen years that he has been a member of the Christian Science Board of Directors of that body, he has given the best of his efforts and abilities to the advancement of the Cause, which he will still continue to serve with equal loyalty and devotion, although in another capacity.

To be a Christian Scientist today is a much easier task than it was nineteen years ago, and those of us who have been called into service in later years must not forget the debt we owe to the faithful men and women who became followers of our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, when Christian Science was but little known and its advocates were looked upon with suspicion and treated with scant courtesy.

Mrs. Eddy drew to the standard of Christian Science in the early years of her ministry many splendid men and women upon whose loyalty to Christian Science she could depend for the advancement of her Cause and the upbuilding of her church, and of these Mr. Johnson is a conspicuous example. Those who have shared with him the privilege of official labor for the church, and thereby have had opportunity to know of his sterling qualities, tender him their loving good wishes for his success in the consecrated labor of Christian healing, to which he is returning in the prime of mature and vigorous manhood.

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June 5, 1909

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