Obedience is a tuneful note that vibrates through the universe and sings its song to every world. Obedience is a fountain of living water; disobedience is a dead sea, stagnant, lifeless, still. Obedience is harvest; disobedience is blight. Obedience is a flower, the answer to the sunshine and the rainfall; disobedience is the ugly thorn, pricking each friendly hand and helping none. Each willing service rendered makes obedience easier for every other struggler along life's road. Each temptation we overcome not only strengthens us for future trials of our faith, but on the basis of Mrs. Eddy's teaching that "whatever blesses one blesses all" (Science and Health, p. 206), it prepares all who follow or journey by our side better for the test.

Obedience is answer, response, decision; disobedience is debate. He who will not obey, cannot direct, construct, or command. If authority sometimes seems exacting, responsive obedience will soonest win respect, and fit us better for considerate favor. The tree that bends easiest, withstands best the wildest storm. Obedience is a voiceless challenge to selfishness, self-ease, egotism, and pride. It is resolution, rising out of discipline, chastened, purified, redeemed, ready to support a call and a cause that deserves answer and service. It is the prodigal, homeward bound. It is the road heavenward. It is Abraham, leading his only son away to the mountain.

If we would win prosperity, health, happiness, recognition, we must deserve them through obedience. Obedience is the pole-star that guides through the night of doubt into the dawn of understanding. It is the story of Gethsemane finding its way to the heart of humanity. It is the Word "made flesh," carrying the cross up Calvary. It is the risen Saviour, not yet ascended to the Father. It is Mary at the open tomb. It is Christian Science, blessing the world with the comforting assurance, "Lo, I am with you alway."

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