"How much I wish I could be a practitioner!" "Well, why not?" said a listener. "Oh, I don't know enough, and then I have so much else to do."

The speaker was a very intelligent young lady, and most earnest in her devotion to Christian Science, nevertheless she seemed to have quite missed the all-important fact that the ability to heal pertains as certainly and as naturally to a knowledge of divine Truth as the ability to dispel darkness pertains to light. A ray, whether of light or of Truth, does not lose its identity or its power in reflection, provided the reflector is true, hence the legitimacy of Mrs. Eddy's statement, "It is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman,—to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness" (Science and Health, p. 37).

If one really apprehends the truth, the asserted limitations of its efficiency at his hands is but a suggestion of that false sense which would not only handicap growth and usefulness, but which dishonors God. Respecting this, Christ Jesus spoke very definitely. "He that honoreth not the Son," said he, "honoreth not the Father." We cannot be loyal to Truth, honestly yield ourselves to its government, without becoming an integral part of the divine order and instrumentality for the saving of men, and this teaching gives substance and definiteness to our thought of the cooperative relationship between God and man, and creates an altogether new interest in every divine enterprise. The possibilities of being begin to compass a larger and holier achievement in our forecast.

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June 10, 1911

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