The Forward March

A Christian Science church is founded upon Principle, and its members have come into this relationship because they have seen proofs of God's power. They are those who, wearied of theories and false gods, turn with hope to a higher concept, and find health, comfort, light, and love in a measure never dreamed of before.

United in one Mind, these travelers from material beliefs to spiritual understanding start their journey with lighter baggage than they have ever before carried, but there are none who have left off all the old, false ways of thinking. As they earnestly seek and strive to measure up to the requirements of this new-old religion, they may not all see the way in equal degree; but in proportion as each is faithful in following divine guidance and in keeping to the straight path, with the sunlight of Truth to dispel all shadows, one by one the shackles will drop away and the burdens lighten. Marching onward with firm step and with added confidence, such are enabled to give loving counsel and aid to those who are struggling with a heavier load; and thus the journey is made clearer and easier for all.

The provisions made by our Leader for advancing steps in Christian Science are wise beyond human ken. Then we should not let personal opinions enter, to delay the operations of Truth and serve error's purposes. What is a building fund but the nucleus of pure truth maintained by a church; and can this be depleted by aiding in the upbuilding of the cause through any channel? Is the structure which a congregation rears limited to dollars, mortar, plaster, earth? Let us lift our eyes and see that every activity for good, every thought of love, every healing accomplished, every sin overcome, every right idea displacing a wrong one, every step of progress, whether manifest in our periodicals, in the individuals or the general uplifting, is church building. And to the extent that each one of us, or a church as a whole, perceives this and unites in one common effort with all others, to that extent are we revealing the church triumphant.

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Unconscious Disobedience
November 24, 1917

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