Those to whom the supply of food, clothing, and other necessaries of human existence has always come as naturally and abundantly as air and sunlight, have sometimes experienced a sudden rough wrenching away of these things,—a seeming loss of that abundant provision which had come to be accepted without question, almost as a right.

Perhaps one whom this sharp experience visits has learned something of the truths of Christian Science, and is endeavoring to solve his life-problems in accordance with its teachings. In the shock of sudden adversity he may feel bewildered, and ask, "Can it be the hand of Love that is depriving me of what seems so necessary to my welfare?" If the one so tried had entertained a clear sense that all his needs are spiritual and always met by divine Love, he could not have been deprived of anything which seems, on this plane of existence, to be essential to man's well-being. This seeming deprivation is, then, a summons to greater mental activity on his part.

Perchance he has acquired a sense of dependence upon some person or persons, or perhaps he has regarded the income from a certain property or financial enterprise as his source of supply, thus losing sight of the ultimate divine source of all good, and of man's unbroken connection with this never-failing fountain-head. This awakening, which has come with so rude a shock, forces him to immediate and vigorous mental effort to realize his dependence upon God alone, "who giveth us richly all things to enjoy." Browning has said,—

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