"THE WIDE CHANNELS OF THE MOTHER CHURCH"

When Mrs. Eddy promulgated the by-law to the effect that "God requires our whole heart, and He supplies within the wide channels of The Mother Church dutiful and sufficient occupation for all its members" (Manual, p. 44), at least one Christian Scientist thought that whereas this by-law undoubtedly told the truth, nevertheless it would be a pleasure to see the truth manifested in an actual position somewhere within the "wide channels," little realizing at the time that such opportunity is open for every loyal Christian Scientist now and every day, if one is but receptive to grasp the opportunity.

One such Scientist, however, came to realize by degrees that the word "occupation" may mean a variety of things, and that one does not necessarily need to be working in the publishing house in Boston in order to have abundant occupation; he can find it right at home, in his own thoughts and in his own church field. Then the significance of the by-law began to dawn, as it was seen that in the activities of each local field there are endless opportunities for "dutiful" labor. There are the activities as officers of the church,—as readers, as members of house, library, or literary committees ad infinitum. There is always the privilege of attending to the distribution of the Monitor and our other periodicals; there is always the privilege of calling on people who are interested in Science and bringing the truth to them; there is always the opportunity of healing the sick. As these advancing steps dawned on this Scientist, he was given the desire of his heart, to heal the sick. Then came a realization of the truth of our Leader's words, for he was truly and consciously "busy" within the "wide channels" indicated.

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