"Lest we forget"

Resistance to Truth—that stumbling-block in mortal existence which works subtly or openly in seeming determination to prevent the release of mortals from their self-imposed enslavement to habits which are opposed to God—is the mainspring of error which operates to turn the neophyte or the disciple from the straight and narrow path of righteousness and lead him into the by-paths of material sense. Examples for our warning are many,—whether a Judas in his seemingly persistent and dogged determination to be a willing tool for evil's work; or a Peter confronted with an opportunity to stand as a joyous and fearless witness for the Messiah and his marvelous works, and yet led thrice to deny his sacred association with Christ Jesus; or the close companions of the Master, apparently unable to meet the temptation to sleep in the garden of Gethsemane, thus barring themselves from the privilege of loyal service to one who was taking away "the sins of the whole world," declaring evil's nothingness, and also destroying the delusion of the seeming power exercised by the enemy, death.

Are we heeding the lessons given to the disciples, or are we also among the unfaithful laborers in the vineyard of Truth? There is no question in the thought of any true Christian Scientist as to the necessity of obeying in thought and in deed the counsels of our Leader as set forth in the Manual of The Mother Church (Art. VIII, Sect. 6), wherein every member is charged "to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind." Mrs. Eddy never lost sight of her life mission, never failed to appreciate the importance of her work; yet she never failed to sympathize with the struggles of suffering and sinning humanity in its passage from mortal surroundings and besetments into the haven of rest and safety, in the harbor of spiritual understanding.

Sentinels of the Hillside
December 19, 1914

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