The Lectures

Great Bend, Kan. (Society).—Clarence W. Chadwick, lecturer; introduced by Mrs. Minnie W. Cole, who said in part:—

In the fifth chapter of Luke we read of some fisherman washing their nets after a long night of toil and failure; of Jesus' appearance and his fortifying words, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught;" of Peter's complaint, "Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing;" of the hope Peter expressed when he said, "Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net;" then we read of the wonderful results following, so that they called their comrades, and they, too, shared in the abundant supply. We are all like Peter, toiling and struggling to fill our nets with health, comfort, happiness, and success. For the very reason that we are making such an earnest effort, and yet seem as far from the goal as humanity was centuries ago, might it not be well to ask why our prayerful seeking brings such indifferent results, or no results, and to get the gleam of truth which came to Peter when he said, "Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net"? Just here we must draw the line of distinction between the struggle for freedom in man's way, and the struggle for freedom in God's way. Those who are studying Christian Science have a message which they would herald forth,—where human effort fails, God's law works. We are able to prove this in ways small and great, and a continuance in striving according to God's law promises man dominion, actual dominion over the ills of the body, and over all evil.

September 7, 1918

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