The Word Everywhere Present

In the prophecy of Isaiah we find a beautiful reference to the rain which waters the earth and makes it to "bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater." This is followed by the divine declaration, "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Instances of the power of the word to "prosper" have been accumulating in the experience of one who has been interested in the free distribution of our periodicals; indeed, the power to deliver its message and to do its work has been proved over and over again to be inherent in the word, and nothing but carelessness or lethargy, a false sense of fear or of limitation, can even seem to obstruct its course or to annul its power.

We know that our Leader's purpose in founding "the periodicals which are the organs of this Church" (Manual, Art. VIII, Sect. 14) was that they might be messengers to carry tidings of salvation to every hungering heart. As this purpose was one of unselfed love, grounded in spiritual understanding,—even the understanding that the word is, in truth, everywhere present all of the time,—it had back of it omnipotence; and so the thought of love which goes out with every piece of Christian Science literature unites it to the spiritual law, which takes it where it belongs and makes it do its work. Is it possible, then, that even one of these messengers sent on its way lovingly and intelligently may fail of accomplishment?

While in our experience it does not always appear that the particular one to whom the cup of cold water is offered is grateful and appreciative, yet the same gift of love which was seemingly misplaced has so often found another who was athirst and eager for its message, that one stands humbled in the presence of divine goodness. The following well authenticated cases in evidence are gratefully submitted—gratefully, because of the lesson that they and many others like them have taught, that when work is done in humility and love, God will give the increase.

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Changing One's Views
July 6, 1918

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