Trust and Guidance

The writer recalls an experience of vital import to him which took place while he was employed in an industrial plant on the Pacific coast, the nature of the industry being of prime importance to the welfare of our nation and, consequently, to all mankind. A labor dispute appeared to be inevitable, and he was confronted with the question of choice as to which side he would take. When Abraham Lincoln was asked a question of that nature his reply was, in substance, that he would be found on God's side. In this case, also, it was clearly seen and immediately decided that such was the only stand that could be consistently taken by the Christian Scientist.

To human sense it was obvious that wrong existed on the part of both employer and employee, and the truth was declared that those who relied solely upon the Father-Mother God to lead them would be protected in all ways. That an inseparable unity which cannot be broken exists between God and man, is taught in the Bible, and this was discerned by Mrs. Eddy and declared to the world in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," as well as in all her other writings. When this unity is understood the unity of all men, in divine Principle, will be found to be the basis of all right human relationships.

When the writer was approached by fellow employees regarding his attitude toward the situation, it was with the greatest friendliness, derived only from reliance on Spirit and strict adherence to the golden rule, that the answer was given. It was to the effect that inasmuch as he failed conscientiously to agree in several vital particulars with the fundamental views of the organization with which the questioners were affiliated, he felt it best for all concerned that he should not become a member and consequently bring in with him these differences of opinion; and no unfriendly controversy ever took place.

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The Use of the Reading Rooms
December 21, 1918

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