In Christian Science one soon learns that harmony is dependent upon one's realization of God's presence with men. Consequently, the more earnestly the kingdom of heaven is sought, the clearer one's consciousness is to the spiritual facts of being and the less effort is required to repel the attacks of error, material beliefs. God's work is done; His universe is complete and perfect, free from all disturbing elements. It is obvious that a perfect universe can contain no element of discord, whether it be sin, sickness, or death. Spiritual perfection is the reality, and Christ Jesus opened the way for others to come into an understanding of this great truth. He made clear the way to at-one-ment with God, Spirit. He blazed the path of salvation for mortals, and Mrs. Eddy, following the trail, has again brought to the attention of mankind his plan of emergence from matter into Spirit.

It is now the province of humanity to come into conscious unity with God, to awake to the fact of God's forever presence. All the years of darkened belief have not altered the fact that divine Mind has been for all time the only power of the universe. While mankind has been wandering in a wilderness of falsity, self-deprived of the divine presence, God has never been absent. God was, is, and always will be the only creator and governor of the world. The false belief of a material creation is all that has obstructed from human view the ever-present heavenly Father. Through the irradiance of Christian Science, the darkness of mortal opinions is being dispelled and the world is beginning to emerge from the black chaos caused by an imaginary separation from God, the evanescent so-called pleasures of the world being more than counterbalanced by its iniquities, strifes, and suffering. The light of truth which has been forever shining is now being known as the all-encompassing illumination.

To God there is no material universe, no error; the spiritual universe, perfect and intact, has remained uncontaminated by mankind's erroneous beliefs. Mortals have accepted the lie for the fact; they have believed error to be the truth of being, and it is only as they abandon their false beliefs that the reality enters consciousness and men become alive to God's presence as the only power, perceive that all sin, sickness, and fear have been self-imposed through the erroneous belief that there was another power than God. When Hagar was in the wilderness with Ishmael, though her needed supply was at hand, she endured a needless period of distress. When the world seems a place of pleasure, mortals have, seemingly, no need for spiritual understanding, the wellspring of Life. It is when the drought of pain, loss, and fear arise, that they seem to stand helpless, unaware that their torturing beliefs are self-inflicted, unconscious meanwhile that God, divine Mind, in whom are health, abundance, and strength, is right and at hand; not appearing and disappearing, but the ever-present source of all good. It is only as Christ, Truth, penetrates the mist of materiality, and the revealed radiance illumines the erstwhile darkened consciousness, that the joyous spiritual light springs forth. The psalmist says, "Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God."

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May 13, 1911

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