"Love never faileth"

In the Preface to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. vii) Mrs. Eddy says, "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings." These words always seem to the writer to foretell the great blessings which come to us as we continue to read and study that wonderful book. One meaning of the word infinite is given as absolute, and if we look for the definition of absolute we find, "Perfect in itself, unlimited in power." As we read those words in our textbook we become conscious of a power, unlimited, "perfect in itself," on which we can lean. When we are willing to put aside our false beliefs, and in the spirit of a little child trust to the unlimited power of Love, the day is indeed "big with blessings." So many proofs of this truth have come to make my life rich that I wish to share some of them with others.

One evening while sitting alone in my studio I found that my right arm would not move unless I moved it with the other hand; the leg on the right side also seemed to lose its power of movement. Immediately the thought came to me to telephone for help, and I proceeded to look for the telephone number; but before it was found asked myself why I was telephoning for help. The answer was that I did so because I was afraid. Then with a grateful heart I repeated these words from John, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear," and with the understanding of the Love that is unlimited, that is perfect in itself, the Love on which I could lean, I went to bed, and in the morning awoke fresh and active with hardly a memory of the fears of the night before. I did not need to know what the shadow claimed to be which had made me fear, but needed only to lean on this unlimited power to prove the arguments of material sense unreal, and trust in "the sustaining infinite" to bring the real condition and the day "big with blessings."

Another proof of this power of Love which never fails when we lean upon it came to me in a much longer, harder way. I was just leaving the Christian Science Sunday school when the opportunity came to continue the study of art in Italy with some artist friends, none of whom were Christian Scientists. I worked hard during the hot summer months, and in a moment when I was not "leaning on the sustaining infinite" the fear came to me that I had what was a very common ailment at that time, namely, appendicitis. I trusted in my own efforts to overcome this error; but, as I afterwards learned, I was trusting in my own human will and not leaning on that unlimited power of good which would bring perfect deliverance, so it was several months before this came.

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The Mirage of Evil
January 4, 1919

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