One Sunday morning I had occasion for great thanksgiving.
If I could live to God one single day,—One single day, from early dawn of lightTill the soft twilight deepens into night,—Could curb to gentle speech my hasty tongueAnd check the words impatiently outflung;Could think no thoughts but those of loving kindAnd hold my peace unmarred by hostile mind;Could do each daily deed in gracious wise,Secure against intrusion or surprise;—Methinks could one whole day by me be spentIn speech and thought and act as God hath meant,Henceforth I then could live to God alway.
What a joy to the discerning in these days of rampant, self-advertising journalism is that well edited, sanely conducted daily newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, which requires no biased eyes to see its intrinsic worth.
Whether confidence in prayer is more or less of a superstition than faith in medicine, and whether the practice of Christian Science requires less or more arduous preparation than the practice of medicine, are questions which a recent editorial in Puck entitled, "Enter Prayer, Exit Pill," was more likely to agitate than answer; and I am willing to leave these questions where Puck left them.
Curiously enough, the failure of men to permit religion to be the practical dynamic thing in their lives that it is in truth, may be traced in a very large degree to the very practice which our critical friend commends and from which students of Christian Science are freeing themselves; that is, the habit of taking any one's "opinion" about religion as truth.
In a recent issue of Chat, under the heading, "What the Doctor Says," the writer advocates sunshine, fresh air, simple, healthy food, rest, and faith as aids to health, and adds: "What of rest and faith?
Your correspondent is anxious to know who would be "foolish and weak-minded enough" to try to heal a sick body by spiritual means.
I note that an evangelist has been holding a protracted meeting in Temple, and on several occasions made reference to some other religious denominations whose teachings differ from his views.
A contributor makes the statement: "One need not be a Christian Scientist to know that a man with a strong effort of will can stave off a cold or influenza.
Christian Science is doing good,—indeed, so much good that it is a marvel that newspapers admit to their columns attacks on it when so many evil influences call for excoriation.
Through the spiritual perception with which Mrs.
Individual man has been said to be a microcosm, an epitome of the universe.
In Paul's epistle to the Romans we read, "By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
During the past five years I have learned through an absolute reliance on Christian Science that it is indeed the "Comforter" promised by Jesus.
For over seven years I have been trying to be a Christian Scientist.
The testimonies in the Christian Science publications have been very helpful to me many times.
I desire to express my appreciation of what Christian Science has done for me during the past five years.
I am very willing to express my gratitude for Christian Science.
In July, 1913, my eldest son, then eight years old, was caught in a railroad turntable, terrible injuries resulting.
When Scientists are walking with God they are constantly coming upon proofs of His power.
I am glad to be able to testify to a wonderful instance of help received a few years ago through Christian Science.
I was considered a delicate child, since I had stomach trouble and was very susceptible to disease.
It has never before occurred to me to give a testimony of my healing, because I have succeeded in forgetting the incident, save when some physician tells me it was a wrong diagnosis in my case, or some good friend tells me that I quit taking medicine at the right time.
Down purpled mountains evening sweeps,And through my window softly creepsThe light of stars which write on high,Across the zenith of the sky,God is Love.
The Christian Science Text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.