Christian Science is of peculiar significance to those who to sense are approaching the so-called sunset of life. Upon the aged, scholastic theology imposes an enforced acquiescence in the legitimacy of weakness and limitation. Of the concomitants of this belief we have all had witness.

Christian Science has come with tidings of cheer and hope to drive out all these shadows, and to substitute therefor the brilliancy of an endless day. Instead of looking forward to possible poverty and consequent dependence, instead of fearing that his bank account is going to be taken away, or that panics and market depressions are going to cause a loss of substance, the Christian Scientist knows that since "substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay" (Science and Health, p. 468), the sense of loss is to be eliminated from both his vocabulary and his thought. Instead of feeling that there must needs come a time when decrepitude will place him in the position of being dependent possibly on strangers for care and comfort, he realizes that each day of his advance is revealing new friends and loved ones whose gratitude and kindliness to him is the logical expression of his reflection of loving-kindness to them.

Instead of feeling that an open grave is at the end of the road, the Christian Scientist knows that at the end as at the beginning is Life. Why? Because when one is facing the light he cannot see the shadow. When he is facing Life he can never see death. To the man who keeps the sayings of Jesus there is no death consciousness, but all is Life. Jesus said, "Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." Instead of facing incurable disease in old age, the Christian Scientist knows that since he is overcoming the fear of disease for himself and others each day, he is putting off daily the old man and is putting on the new. He is thus accomplishing two things; renewing himself with the healing Mind which was in Christ Jesus, and putting off all belief in a day of wrath.

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April 6, 1912

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