When Christian Scientists reflect upon what was a mere existence and compare it with the fuller life of joy and peace that they now know, they can but remember our Master's promise, "I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever," and realize the truth of our Leader's words, "This Comforter I understand to be divine Science" (Science and Health, p. 55).

Looking back upon the days full of fear, distrust, jealousy, and unsatisfied ambition, we wonder now how we could possibly have supported such an existence, for it seemed to hold out little hope of happiness this side the grave, and we dared not think of the shadowy prospects hereafter. We had grown weary of a world "where but to think is to be full of sorrow," and often, perchance, we had sighed for some Lethean vintage that would have enabled us to fade away into forgetfulness. Our greatest desire was to stifle thought, for, as it seemed, that way lay madness; and to this end many may have plunged into pleasure and drank its cup to the dregs, only to find disappointment and disillusion. Some of us, in a desire to escape from the materialism of a material age, may have dabbled in philosophy or spiritualism, hoping to get some rest for our souls but finding none, until at last we escaped from the bondage of false sense and found safe anchorage in the quiet waters of Christian Science.

October 1, 1910

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