Working for God

Every Christian Scientist knows what it is to have a Bible verse, a line from one of the hymns, or a passage from one of Mrs. Eddy's writings come to him over and over, just seeming to sing itself into the thought, even when the person is busy with other things. As these messages come from Truth and Love, and we welcome them, the word angel comes to us in connection therewith; for we know they are God's thoughts passing to us through these channels of inspiration.

To one student this better understanding of the word angel, gained through the study of Christian Science, has been of no small value; for before, angels had been simply flying feathered creatures. When a child, and later, she would as soon have seen a grizzly bear approaching as a winged angel, and there was no desire to see one either coming to her or passing to anyone else. Now, because of the right concept held, she prays daily that angels, which are defined on page 581 of Science and Health as "God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect," may constantly dwell with her. One evening at a testimony meeting a woman gave an experience, telling of protection coming to her through a certain verse of Scripture. She lived out in the country, and had gone into town to do some shopping one day. In the midst of her shopping the first verse of the ninety-first psalm came to her distinctly. She did not give it any special attention, but it came again, and that time she paused and thought, "Why, that is from the ninety-first psalm and stands for protection." Affirming her right as God's child to that protection, no more thought was given the incident, until on arriving home she found in the door a skeleton key which had broken off.

Recently part of a passage from Mrs. Eddy's "Miscellaneous Writings" came to the writer over and over again. For about a week it kept repeating itself, "Never ill-humored, never unready to work for God" (p. 116), until it began to sound rather monotonous. Finally she decided that she needed to give the passage some consideration, and she began to do so. "Never ill-humored" was plain enough, and was hastily passed over. She knew what she needed in that respect was not more knowledge, but practice of that which she already possessed. But "never unready to work for God" was more gladly considered. Was she not almost invariably at the church services? And since there was a distance of twelve miles to go, over roads that were often bad, surely this was working hard for God. How eagerly the periodicals were read by her,—and was any effort too great for her to make to get to a Christian Science lecture? For some time mortal mind dwelt on this pleasing picture, but it was finally left behind; for deep in her heart the student wanted to serve God in His way, and she knew she would be given more light on the subject when she desired it earnestly enough.

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