From the first moment that Christian Science comes into our lives, we necessarily begin to serve God in the dawn of a new understanding. In doing so we find that this service to our Maker is greatly to be desired above every other, being, as St. Paul describes it, in his second epistle to the Corinthians, the "ministry of reconciliation." Christian Science throws a wonderful light on the meaning of these words. Mrs. Eddy writes: "The atonement of Christ reconciles man to God, not God to man; for the divine Principle of Christ is God, and how can God propitiate Himself? ... Love and Truth are not at war with God's image and likeness" (Science and Health, p. 19).

These lines lift our thought to a higher comprehension of man's relation to God. Many a familiar Scriptural phrase comes home to us with a new significance, and words which had seemed to have no special message for us before, are anon shining in their own light. We may be very honest and very sincere in our striving after good, but we travel a long way, and often become wearied with fruitless toil, before we even begin to realize that we cannot take our material beliefs with us. One by one we learn to drop them on the road; by slow degrees, willingly it may be, or perforce at the compelling touch of Truth. Following the footsteps of the Master, we would enter the sanctuary of Spirit, and well for us when we hear the voice of Truth. Thus to hear is necessarily to obey. However brief the moment of communion with Spirit, in it we have seen much. The task before us may seem utterly beyond our powers, but we have been strengthened and encouraged to perform it.

November 9, 1912

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