To be alone with God is to have no sense of anything apart from Him.
The year is new to those who dwell in time,Who reckon age by days and months and years,Who look through windows dimmed by winter's rimeFor twelve months more of hopes and doubts and fears!
The letter of a critic in a recent issue of the Telegram manifests such extraordinary confusion of thought on the subject of Christian Science, that I should be obliged if you would permit me to make this clear.
The supposition of our critic that Christian Scientists do not believe in the Bible is proved erroneous when it is known that no body of Christian people makes a closer daily study of the Bible than do the Christian Scientists.
In the report which appeared in a recent issue of your paper concerning the remarks made by a clergyman, I note that Christian Science came in for more or less of criticism.
A recent issue contained a sermon in which a clergyman takes occasion to criticize Christian Science and its methods of healing.
The interest in the teachings of Christian Science and its unparalleled growth throughout the civilized world are due, in a very large degree, to the physical healings experienced by those who in their need have turned to it when all material remedies have failed.
I dreamt the sea was rough and high,And rude and wild the wind.
Just as in the commercial world, with the ushering in of a new year, men take an account of stock and check up their gains and losses, so we as Christian Scientists, laborers in the vineyard of God, may profitably review the work of the year just closed, count our blessings, and with renewed courage enter upon another "Soul-filled year".
It is characteristic of the immature that they live without rather than within; they are absorbed in and dependent upon the objective and phenomenal.
There are few who would question that self-denial is a Christian virtue, but not many see the importance of practising it constantly in order to be true followers of Christ Jesus.
Bliss Knapp, who delivered a lecture on Christian Science under the auspices of the Sydney church, was introduced as follows by Robert Nall:—
In the fall of 1904, I began the study of Christian Science with the hope that it would help me to control a violent temper.
It is now over five years that I have depended on Christian Science to meet every need which has come to me, and with a grateful heart I give this testimony, with the hope that it will bring help to some one, even as the testimonies in our periodicals have done for me and mine.
Christian Science has done so much for me that I wish to tell of it, hoping thereby to encourage others who are in sickness and sorrow to study Science and Health and be made free.
It is a good thing to testify to the healing power of Truth.
I feel it a duty, also a pleasure, to tell others what Christian Science has done in our home.
I have long felt a desire to express my gratitude for what Christian Science has done for me, and have often asked myself where I would be today had not this blessed truth been brought to me by a faithful friend.
About two years ago material means and medical aid failed in my case.
After serious invalidism for twenty years, the result of an accident, I came to the point where all available medical skill seemed to fail and the doctor's verdict was that I could not live through another winter.
Realizing how much I owe to Christian Science, I feel that the least I can do is to acknowledge publicly the benefits received, in the hope that my experience may help some one else.
I take great pleasure in the opportunity afforded me of stating the facts in connection with the healing in Christian Science of our baby daughter in 1907.
Friends have repeatedly asked me why I did not give my testimony of what Christian Science had done for me, and I have come to the conclusion that it is my duty to do so, as it may be the means of helping others who are striving and praying for more understanding, as I once was.
"How oft shall I forgive?
The Christian Science Text-Book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.