Truth Always Triumphs

One night last winter, while struggling to rise above an acute phase of an illness which had lingered for several days, and when the moment of victory still seemed a long way off, there came out of the gloaming in a most helpful way an incident remembered from childhood days. During the Civil War there was in New Hampshire a stage route of about twenty-five miles running from a small farming locality to a certain city. At that time newspapers were more expensive and less plentiful than at present, so the coming of the stage was the event of the day. All the men and boys would go to the tavern where the stage driver put up for the night, to hear the war news; the boys would often run out to meet him, shouting, "What news to-day?" The driver, who was a sturdy northerner, would rise in his high seat on top of the stage, and holding the reins in one hand and swinging the paper high above his head in the other would cry at the top of his voice, "Victory, victory," repeating this many times; then he would drive on, leaving the youngsters to run after him shouting the same. Whichever way the battle had gone it was always victory with him. The men used to say, "It is no use to ask him for a different answer; it is victory anyhow."

Although the experience here related was not based upon the understanding of Principle, the recalling of the incident brought to the writer fresh inspiration and showed her the need of having more faith in the Principle of healing revealed in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. The rules given in this book for practical demonstration are available for all and have been proved for the last thirty years in the writer's family. Systematic study, also intelligent and persistent mental work, destroyed in every case the false sense which had been entertained in thought, and proved that we can "rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man" (Science and Health, p. 393). With a fresh effort in a few days victory was won, and each experience proved to be a step higher, showing that the words of Christ Jesus are for us to-day as truly as when he bade his followers heal the sick and reform sinners. Christian Science is teaching us to open our thought to the voice of Truth, to listen and trust the divine leading, that others may see the way and be led to the ever present Christ. In the prophecy of Isaiah we read, "Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength."

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The Secret
January 11, 1919

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