Christian Science brings to all who are ready to receive it, the glad message of universal salvation and complete redemption from bondage. The vastness of this message cannot be grasped all at once; still less can it be demonstrated immediately, and eagerness and patience combined are the twin footsteps by which we reach the goal of spiritual realization, or heaven. In addition to this spiritual eagerness which is required to speed our footsteps, patience must be ours also, in order that these footsteps may not be found halting or retreating.

The effect of Christian Science on human consciousness is very marked and progressive. Perhaps we start with a sense of guilt, fear, and discouragement which seems insurmountable. When Truth is first presented to us, perhaps we are willing to acknowledge in a far-off way the beauty and desirability of Christian Science, but at that stage we know no better than to yield to the silent suggestion that the goal is unattainable in our case, since we lack the courage to make even a start against the errors, including the inertia or dejection which appears to possess us. To this state of consciousness the example of Jacob's struggle with his difficulties, and his triumph over them, comes as a stimulating message of hope, and one feels emboldened to rise to that plane of activity indicated by Isaiah when he says that one "shall call himself by the name of Jacob."

Such an individuality has undoubtedly risen a rung in the mental ladder, Jacob's ladder, but he who would continue to advance must needs rise from the rung of struggling to that of rejoicing in the affluence of good, and in this way reflect good. There is no harm in struggling less, provided we are accomplishing more along the line of reflection of the divine nature. This divine nature does not require to be made over; it is eternally perfect, and is the only real nature, since God is the only creator and His likeness the only type of man. Hence, as the great revelation dawns upon us, illuminating our consciousness like the most wonderful sunrise, we may, and indeed we must, plead that God, good, is All-in-all; we must plead for the Science of creation, and proclaim in all gratitude, consecration, and humility, "I am the Lord's," as Isaiah farther on declares.

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October 19, 1912

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