"Let us unite"

In the branch church of Christian Science which the writer attends it is customary for the First Reader to announce the silent prayer with the following words: "Let us unite in silent prayer, to be followed by the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer, with its spiritual interpretation from the Christian Science textbook."

"Let us unite"! How these words seemed to stand out. How were we to unite and what were we to unite with? As this question was pondered, there came the answer from page 340 of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," as clearly as if it had been spoken, "One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.'" Surely this declaration of the unity of God and man, and of the brotherhood of man answered the question. First, we were to unite with God, in that conscious at-one-ment with Him so clearly and helpfully explained in the chapter entitled "Atonement and Eucharist," in Science and Health. Secondly, in the realization of God thus gained and of man in His image and likeness, it was seen that the brotherhood and unity of man is already established, is now an accomplished fact, and that through this realization during the silent prayer the harmony and immortality of man are being made manifest.

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