The True Commander

Soldiers were holding Christian Science services at an army camp. The sincerity and understanding they manifested made the service very inspiring. In reading the scientific interpretation of the Lord's Prayer from the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, the sentence on page 17, "God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death," was read with such conviction, such earnest assurance, that it was apparent at once that the statement was one of unusual significance to the Reader. It is a statement of importance to every one, but its special application to the experience of the soldier is apparent.

Since the soldier must trust implicitly in his leader, the ability of the leader is a matter of first importance. The best of human leadership is fallible, and the greater the imperfection of the one in authority the more of hardship is involved for the soldier. The only refuge from such evil chances lies in the understanding that God's leadership is perfect, yet withal so practical that every one may recognize it, follow it, and be blessed by it in daily activity. All this is stated frequently and emphatically in the Bible, and those passages which state it most clearly, as the twenty-third psalm, the ninety-first psalm, and the Lord's Prayer, are the best known and most loved by students of Christian Science.

"Comfort ye"
January 4, 1919

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