A Pressing Problem

Under the seeming necessity for conserving our food supply to the utmost, because of the great need of those in other lands, who have suffered most from the war, how important it is that Christian Scientists fulfill their sacred mission by remembering that, as Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 520), "the plant grows, not because of seed or soil, but because growth is the eternal mandate of Mind," and that the crop that we shall gather in the coming harvest is already provided in the divine Mind, and is not scanty but abundant. We shall gather in proportion as the work of production has been performed in confidence; free from fear of floods, drought, heat, cold, or destructive storms. The prophet Amos declared, "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed," signifying that as humanity comes more and more under spiritual law it will be seen that the good which God bestows comes not through or because of material processes. It is mortal mind that demands these processes. Even though unfavorable weather should appear, it need not—indeed it cannot—affect the crop. Disastrous results come through mortal belief, but the understanding that "the seed is in itself, only as divine Mind is All and reproduces all" (Science and Health, p. 508) renders mortal belief, dignified by the name of material law, void.

It has been truly said that Christian Science solves every human problem, and it cannot be difficult for every one who has even a slight understanding of it to apply his understanding to this pressing problem, especially as he looks upon the fields of growing grain. This understanding is true prayer, and covers the whole ground.

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The Lesson of the Sunset
March 15, 1919

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