"Could ye not watch with me one hour?"

On the wall space of a certain Christian Science Sunday school room wherein temporaily are held also the church services, there is transcribed with excellently planned and loving foresight for its application, the question that Jesus in Gethsemane asked of Peter and those with him who were found sleeping: "Could ye not watch with me one hour?" In view of the fact that Christian Science Sunday services, the Wednesday evening meeting, and the Sunday school each occupy about one hour, could a more direct appeal be made than this reminder to members, pupils, teachers, and the entire audience, for their undivided attention during any of our dearly loved services, meetings, or lectures?

Our Church Manual reads: "A Christian Scientist is not fatigued by prayer, by reading the Scriptures or the Christian Science text-book. ... Truth and Love rest the weary and heavy laden" (Art. XVII, Sect. 1). This applies as assuredly to participants as to members, who equally share in the observance and the resultant blessing. How subtle error is in making us "heavy with sleep," as were Jesus' disciples, for thereby cometh failure to heed the command to "watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation," as the Master admonished. There is also the temptation to absent ourselves from these privileged services, of leaving before the closing hymn, or the equally erroneous and no less marked one of having attention attracted in every direction save that wherein we are watchers with the spiritual idea, the ever present Christ, that inspires and heals mankind.

"Now is the accepted time"
December 16, 1916

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