One evening, several years ago, a girl reclining on a couch at the foot of an invalid's bed, keeping careful guard over the work of an incompetent nurse, was surprised at the anxiety expressed by the sufferer as to the adjustment of the gas and windows. Then she remembered that her friend was not aware of her presence, as she had slipped into the room unobserved, and a high foot-board hid her from view. Had the sick woman realized with what loving care she was surrounded, trust would have supplanted fear.

The memory of this little experience has often come back as a reproof to the watcher of that night, when she finds herself disturbed over some seeming lack of harmony. She is learning through Christian Science that a Father's love does encircle His children; that when they trust Him, when they lean "on the sustaining infinite" (Science and Health, Pref., p. vii.), terrors prove only shadows. Why is it so hard to trust? From our text-book (p. 373) comes the answer: "The fear of disease and the love of sin are the sources of man's enslavement." What is the remedy? "Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit" (Ibid., p. 495).

September 11, 1909

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