The newcomer in the Christian Science church is often heard to remark upon the happy faces of those who attend the services, and this comment is well deserved, for surely no body of persons have greater reason to rejoice than have Christian Scientists. It might fittingly be said of them, in the words of the Apocalypse, "These are they which have come out of great tribulation," for in these large congregations there can hardly be found one person who has not left behind him some burden of physical or mental discord. No wonder, then, that their eyes shine, that their lips break into a ready smile, that their hand-clasp is cordial and sincere. A long-faced Christian Scientist would be an anomaly.

Occasionally, however, one comes across a student of Christian Science to whom this description would not apply. He is a regular attendant at the services, is possibly a church-member, and cases have been known where he even holds some official position among the various activities of the church organization; yet his face habitually wears a look which seems strangely out of keeping with all that his lips profess. Asked a reason for his general air of gloom, his answer, nine times out of ten, is this: "I have so much to meet." And having thus spoken, he continues with a sigh his joyless way, evidently satisfied that this brief explanation has been sufficient. This expression is familiar to most of us; in fact, it is quite possible that we ourselves have been known to make use of it in moments of depression, when we seemed to forget that "the government shall be upon his shoulder," but evidently believed that it was resting all too heavily upon our own. Before we employ this term again, however, let us analyze its meaning somewhat.

June 28, 1913

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