While studying our text-book, Science and Health, the thought contained in the paragraph on page 266 which begins with the question, "Would existence without personal friends be to you a blank?" appealed to me especially. I put the question honestly to myself, and was able to find some weeds which needed to be uprooted. This particular question I had often asked myself, and this time I was grateful that I found fewer weeds of personality to uproot than heretofore.

Many times have I been able to see clearly what it means to stand alone with God, with every material support taken away, and in humility and meekness realized the light of Truth dawning in consciousness. Every such experience means growth, and if we will but humbly consecrate ourselves to the honest endeavor to replace some phase of selfishness with a manifestation of love, we shall be able to crucify self, and every battle thus won makes us so much the stronger. If we pray, "Thy will be done," we should be ready to lay down all personal desires, all sense of self, for Christ, for when we thus pray we are declaring ourselves for Truth, and in proportion to our ceaseless striving to have the same Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus," do we prove our sincerity of purpose and our gratitude to our beloved Leader, through whose wonderful courage and clear spiritual perception it has been made possible for mankind to apprehend Christian Science. As we put our purified desires into active demonstration, we rise higher in the scale of Spirit, and where we once saw "through a glass, darkly," now we see more clearly, even "face to face."

The "peace of God, which passeth all understanding," comes only after we have finished our battle and entered the dawn of a new birth. Then, in the strength of our increased capacity to reflect and radiate Spirit, we may serve our beloved cause; not for the glory of personal sense, the exaltation of individual ability, but for the glory of God. As we look away from sense and keep our gaze steadfastly fastened upon the one enduring and true Love, we are able to see more clearly the especial need of the hour and to do our share toward the meeting of that need, whether the problem involved be political, civic, or religious. Constantly striving for a better and holier life, we become channels for the expression of joy and love, and lighten our brother's burden,—"seeking his own in another's good" (Science and Health, p. 518). In this way we bring into demonstration the brotherhood of man, self is forgotten in the joys of Soul, and the "existence without personal friends" of which Mrs. Eddy reminds us ceases to be a blank, for we are placing our trust, as a little child, in God and entering into the joy of our Lord.

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