One Sunday it was my privilege to listen to a scholarly lecture on Christian Science given at Los Angeles. I reached the auditorium (which holds between three and four thousand people) at a quarter before two, yet, although the hour of the lecture was three o'clock, several hundred people had already assembled there and others were coming from all directions, an hour and a quarter before the time, in order to get a seat!

As I looked about me, there were some people with crutches, some had sad and careworn faces, and there were many with happy countenances, but all were eager to have the doors opened—for what? To hear a great singer? No! To hear a great orator? No! The Master's words, "What went ye out for to see?" came to my mind, and I mentally questioned, What went ye out for to hear? All these people had gathered to listen to a messenger with a message, one who would tell of the omnipresent power of the word of God (rightly understood) to heal all our diseases, to bring, as did the heralds of old, "good things of great joy."

I recalled the promise spoken by the great Teacher, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled:" and I felt, as I took my seat in that great auditorium, filled to the galleries, how literally, today, through the means of the Christian Science board of lectureship, the words of the prophet Isaiah are being fulfilled: "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk, without money and without price."

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January 21, 1911

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