"I will trust in thee"

"What time I am afraid," the psalmist declares, "I will trust in thee." That Christian Scientists through trust in God have been relieved of many of the fears, both tangible and intangible, which have so long seemed to hold sway over mortals, is a cause of real thanksgiving to them. This is evidenced by the testimonies which are received for publication, as well as those given at the Wednesday evening meetings, as almost invariably much gratitude is expressed for this deliverance through Christian Science.

Mrs. Eddy has explained that "the procuring cause and foundation of all sickness is fear, ignorance, or sin" (Science and Health, p. 411), and it is because Christian Scientists have learned the truth of this statement that they are so largely successful in mastering sickness. It has been proved to them that "fear hath torment," and that it is necessary to cast out fear and to deny its claim of reality and power if the ills for which it is responsible are to be reduced to their native nothingness.

Yet fear is not a condition to which humanity need be tamely submissive. Rather is it a thraldom against which they must strive, and from which they must seek earnestly to be emancipated. Fear is a weapon of the one evil, and its seeming potency can be destroyed, its fetters cast off, by a clear recognition of God's ever-presence and all-power. "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" was David's declaration of faith in God's power to deliver him, and it should be ours.

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A Peculiar People
August 14, 1915

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