Some time ago there appeared in the Sentinel an article entitled "The Traveling Man's Opportunity," which prompted me to say that, while I agree entirely with the sentiments expressed in that article, I wish to testify also that in Christian Science the farmer finds his stanchest help. The fact that so many of Jesus' parables are taken from rural scenes and employments has raised in some minds the question whether his early training was not agricultural rather than mechanical; and that he was quite familiar with such matters is apparent from his reported discourse.

To the farmer, and especially the farmer's wife, separated as they are by distance from neighbors, Christian Science brings an ever-present sense of companionship, which takes away all sense of that loneliness or isolation which is so oppressive and which is responsible more than anything else for the migration of the young people from the farm to the city. Realizing his own capacity to reflect omnipotent power and intelligence, a consciousness which in itself is constructive and life-producing and sustaining, the Christian Science farmer is able to overcome and destroy the plagues, pests, and diseases which so often seem to infest the animals, poultry, and crops, in a manner that seems indeed miraculous to those who do not understand the Principle of Christian Science.

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