It is a great step in our passage from sense to Soul when for the first time we realize, however dimly, the true meaning of those words which most of us have repeated so frequently from our earliest childhood, "Thy will be done." Before we begin to learn in Christian Science "what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God," we used to try to say, "Thy will be done," in times of great sorrow and anxiety, believing that an all-loving Father had sent us this heavy burden for some wise but inscrutable purpose of His own, a burden which we must accept unquestioningly, although our reason tells us that even an imperfect human father would not willingly so afflict his children.

Through the clearer understanding of God as Love, "with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning," which we are gaining day by day in our study of Christian Science, we begin to see what God's will is. We know it means perfect love, peace, joy, harmony, wisdom, strength, and power, the kingdom of heaven manifested here and now. Having gained some understanding of what constitutes the divine will, our next step is to make this knowledge practical in our lives, so that we too may reflect God's will, and directly when we are faced with the antagonism of that carnal or human will which St. Paul tells us is "enmity against God."

August 9, 1913

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