Transitional Periods

There is an old saying that he who is forewarned is forearmed. Before the writer gained an insight into spiritual truth as it is taught in Christian Science, he oftentimes wondered why the Master of Christianity discussed at so great length the calamities and upheavals he foresaw would take place in the world previous to the final restoration of that peace which is gained by the establishment of the kingdom of God. He now sees such warnings, which were accompanied with a clear outline of the proper remedy, were calculated to guard against surprises and possible defeat. Jesus said, "Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars," but he also said that the days of calamity would be short, evidently assuming that his followers would heed his admonition, "In your patience possess ye your souls." If any doubt as to the meaning of the term "souls" occurs to the reader, he has only to ask himself what it is that is lost by impatience.

It may be interesting to note that Elijah did not hear the "still small voice" of Truth, which corrected his misapprehensions and destroyed his fear, in the midst of the earthquake, the wind, and the fire, but after these disturbances. No doubt our Lord knew that in the general transition from materialism to spirituality, from sense to Soul, from selfishness to unselfishness, there would be more or less of chemicalization which would take place in the general human consciousness, and which might find outward manifestation on the battle-field. He was, however, wise enough to know that the peace and patience of the individual would insure the peace of nations and shorten the duration of war.

On page 278 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," Mrs. Eddy writes: "Love rules the universe, and its edict hath gone forth: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me; and 'Love thy neighbor as thyself; Let us have the molecule of faith that removes mountains,—faith armed with the understanding of Love, as in divine Science, where right reigneth."

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A Silent Sentry
June 12, 1915

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