These comforting, sustaining words of the Master, "Lo, I am with you alway," a strong tower in time of trouble to many a Christian throughout the years since they were spoken, have recently been unfolding in the writer's thought. As the light of Christian Science is thrown on the gospel story, we learn to know Christ as "the power of God, and the wisdom of God," as the perfect, spiritual idea of God and man, ever present in human consciousness, awaiting recognition. We learn also that to every mortal, be it soon or late, no matter what phase of belief in a life apart from God he is now manifesting, this recognition of the right idea, or Truth, will surely come.

Believing himself to be free, all unconscious that he is shut away from the light of Life by barriers of his own making, mortal man works and plays, laughs and cries, fears or admiringly studies his prison-house, making its walls grave or gay according to his own changing concept. But, whether it seems to be a gilded cage of sinful pleasure or dark with dread disease or mental anguish; whether a sleepy or lively satisfaction in physical and material well-being or in intellectual or moral self-righteousness, the realization will dawn that it is a prison, and the bars will become unbearable in some direction, and for this moment of awakening the radiant Christ has been waiting since the beginning of time. As the prison walls are really nothing, the final result is inevitable—even salvation, absolute and eternal, from all the mortal beliefs, fears, and suffering; and from this salvation there is no escape, though the prisoner is sometimes beguiled into believing that it is the prison from which escape is impossible.

Not infrequently, from some one of the dungeons of sense comes the cry, "I see it all, but I cannot grasp it! This wonderful Truth is the Christ, and I believe, but I cannot break down the walls." Jesus exemplified for all time the transcendent power to manifest the Christ, the unfailing ability to understand and demonstrate in human terms the truth about God, man, and the universe. This power is with us always, and as we recognize that it is within and not without, the first of the forbidding walls fades into nothingness, and we find that we are already one with the waiting Christ; that nothing ever has or can separate us.

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February 4, 1911

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