"Streams in the desert"

In the thirty-fifth chapter of Isaiah we find this beautiful promise: "In the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert." Although this was written long years ago, it is full of meaning to the Christian Scientist to-day, for he understands what great possibilities lie in its spiritual and scientific application.

One day I was seemingly assailed with much force by hate and the disagreeable feeling that goes with it. I did not at first go to God with my trouble; but as I realized that the sense of evil was getting control of me, I remembered and prayed to God. At once came the answer, "Make channels for the streams of love" (Hymnal, p. 89). The light came so gently and with such healing effect that the presence of Love was plainly felt, and humility, praise, and thankfulness went out to God from a wounded heart. But that was not all. The line from the Hymnal also carried with it a powerful warning; for I had plainly been to blame for allowing hate to enter my thought. The demand to "make channels" was insistent. It would not leave me, and the question came, How can it be done? To one who was lazy the word "make" had a discouraging effect, for it meant work; it meant to keep on until the work was finished.

January 4, 1919

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