Kindly Affection Triumphant

How interesting is the tribute to the life and work of Jesus of Nazareth given by Mrs. Eddy when she says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 54): "Through the magnitude of his human life, he demonstrated the divine Life. Out of the amplitude of his pure affection, he defined Love. With the affluence of Truth, he vanquished error." Here is brought to light not only healing to renew life but all the gospel message, the gladness of divine Love, and the comfort of justice.

Some one made a remark concerning well-known philosophical writings, that "all of Emerson will not cure a headache." One might likewise say that all of Carlyle might fail to reveal peace for the heart; also that one might know the laws of Solon and not understand self-government, and have acquaintance with the proverbs of Solomon and not know wisdom. It was the one known spiritually as "great David's greater son"—of the lineage of faithful Ruth the gleaner, as well as of David the king—who came to reveal healing and peace, to declare the joy of obedience to God and the blessedness of heavenly wisdom. To revive healing, to renew peace, making practical the Christianity which had become doctrinal, to establish demonstration according to Principle, and develop present understanding of heavenly things, instead of maintaining tradition and memory of the past, was and is the mission of Christian Science.

Memory in mortal mind works ill because it records and retains what it knows of evil. In a feud each side makes a record of wrongs whereby to revive hatred and fan the heat of resentment. A feudist on his gunstock will tally the number of the slain of the opposing clan and make occasion for self-magnification out of murder; but if one prays as a Christian to one Father he admits a bond of brotherhood with all mankind, and of every killing by secrecy and stealth it can be said:—

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November 22, 1919

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