"Thou hearest me always"

THE beginner in Christian Science, who is endeavoring to gain a knowledge of its teachings and thus be the recipient of the good which is in store for all of God's children, may be at a loss to understand the quiet yet positive assurance that accompanies the remarks of his Christian Science friends, that his problem, whatever it may be, is already solved, that the answer is already awaiting him, as God's work is done, and that in reality there is no problem. Such statements may seem nothing more than a mockery in the face of conditions which to mortal mind are overwhelming in their nature. Yet it is just at this point that Mrs. Eddy has rendered such great service to humanity, for the more we learn of Christian Science the more clearly we grasp the Science it reveals.

Moreover, the statement that our problem is already solved and that the answer is awaiting us, should not in itself be so very startling, even if sense-testimony does apparently give convincing evidence to the contrary, because this statement is also true with regard to one of the most common branches of knowledge, a science with which almost every individual has something to do every hour in the day, namely, the science of mathematics. In that science we can readily see how impossible it is to state a problem without at the same time bringing into recognition its answer.

We also see that this is true whether the problem is in the simple operations, or whether it has to do with any of the higher branches of mathematics. Also, if the problem is of such a nature as to make a severe test of our understanding, it may be some hours, or possibly days, or even weeks, before the problem is solved; but our final solution of the problem does not in itself create the answer, for by solving the problem we have only found that which has been in existence from the first instant that the problem was stated, and in fact has always been in existence; for as mathematics stands at the point of completeness, in so far as its specific application is concerned, it follows that in the science of mathematics the work is already done.

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The "still small voice"
September 30, 1916

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