"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.

There is perhaps no one of these many aids to the spreading abroad of the gospel of healing that does its work so quietly and yet so efficaciously as our publications. In one way and another they reach those to whom the church services and the lectures, even if they knew of them, would make no appeal. One has only to read the testimonies of healing given in these periodicals to appreciate how often a copy of some one of the publications established by our Leader has been the instrument under God for the moral and physical regeneration of one who otherwise would have yielded to despair. The white-winged messenger of peace to mind and body has opened the way to a wider acquaintance with the teachings of Christian Science, for the study of Science and Health and attendance at the church services seem to be natural consequents when one has grasped however feebly the possibilities of this new-old truth of the Christ-healing. Did we prize as we should the wealth of literature at our command, we could never have too many copies to scatter abroad their message of hope and healing.

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Bases of Unity
October 9, 1915

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