Sowing and Reaping

Perhaps never was the growth of the Christian Science movement in the last three decades more graphically portrayed than at this year's annual meeting, when the new President of The Mother Church in contrast sketched so vividly the first service of this church which he attended, thirty-four years ago—then the only church. One could easily picture that group of earnest students in our Leader's home, listening eagerly to the new-old gospel to whose worldwide promulgation she had consecrated her every effort; and looking on the audience gathered in the magnificent edifice dedicated just a decade ago,typical of an unnumbered host of the church body,—would exclaim, as did Mr. Frye, "What wonders has God wrought through our beloved Leader's devotion to our cause, which she held in mind beyond all other things!"

Only one whose prophetic sense had been quickened by spiritual enlightenment, whose vision was broad enough to span the horizon of the coming years, could have so courageously entered the lists against error as did Mrs. Eddy. Like the shepherd lad of old her declaration of faith was, "I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts;" and it was vouchsafed her to prove that "there is a God in Israel," for the sick were healed with the word of Truth—the divine ever-presence demonstrated. She gives us a hint of the conditions in those early years, when she says, "I saw before me the awful conflict, the Red Sea and the wilderness; but I pressed on through faith in God, trusting Truth, the strong deliverer, to guide me into the land of Christian Science, where fetters fall and the rights of man are fully known and acknowledged" (Science and Health, p. 226).

Quick Decisions
June 17, 1916

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