The Present Moment

"What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." These scientific words recorded in Mark's gospel were uttered by our Master on a memorable occasion when he spoke privately to Peter, James, John, and Andrew as he sat upon the Mount of Olives foretelling the signs which would come to pass on the destruction of the temple. He was admonishing them against sleeping—against the prevalent mesmerism of the day. In the very next chapter we read that three times he found them asleep while in the garden of Gethsemane, and asked of Peter, "Couldest not thou watch one hour?"

No one understood better the real significance of our Lord's warning than did our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, who placed the Master's words respecting watchfulness at the beginning of the Christian Science Sentinel; and are not these words to-day of vital importance to Christian Scientists and every one else? To watch does not mean that we are to be alert at stated intervals, or occasionally as there may seem need, but at every moment to maintain the law of Truth, for Mrs. Eddy admonishes us, "Christian Scientists, be a law to yourselves that mental malpractice cannot harm you either when asleep or when awake" (Science and Health, p. 442) . As we nightly lay ourselves down for repose, our prayerful declaration of the truth about God and man will, in proportion as it is realized, assure us that the everlasting arms of divine Love afford protection during slumber, and thus enable us to awaken in the morning feeling refreshed and renewed in strength. The psalmist tells us, "Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep."

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