"Let your light so shine"

Sometimes, as we try to take in the vast proportions which the Christian Science movement has assumed, we are almost overwhelmed at the magnitude of our indebtedness to its Discoverer and Founder, our revered and beloved Leader. Mrs. Eddy's task was that of the pioneer, he who ventures upon an unknown and perchance perilous way. Here was the vision of the seer, the calm and unflinching faith and courage of those early Christians who counted not the cost to themselves if so be they might serve God. She had heard the command of the Master, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven," and her every endeavor was directed to its fulfilment.

We cannot think of those early years and what it meant then to let one's light shine, without an inspiration to be yet more consecrated to the work of preaching the whole gospel of Jesus to all mankind. We can scarcely conceive of what it meant to labor in the vineyard when implements for breaking up the soil of indifference and prejudice were few and the laborers however willing must be patiently trained ere they could wield them. Why should we not do great things in this and coming generations with all that the wise forsight of our Leader has provided for our assistance! In her writings, in the church services, the literature, the lectures, and the work of the publication committees, we have all that is needed to direct attention to Christian Science.

Bases of Unity
October 9, 1915

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