"Preach the gospel"

A keen observer of human nature remarked that he was led into Christian Science because he had noticed that the Science churchgores in his community all seemed so eager to get into the edifice, and particularly that those who were arriving somewhat late fairly ran up the steps. "Surely," said he, "these people must be getting not only something they want or need but something they enjoy as well. I'll go in and see." The visitor found his need supplied; he found also the joy, and all because a testimony given that evening engaged his attention and invited his investigation; for he too needed just that which the one who gave the testimony had so joyously and gratefully acknowledged that he had received through the help of Christian Science.

Christian Scientists can call to mind numberless church members and church attendants who have gained health, spiritual wealth, and happiness through Christian Science, and can likewise recall others who are attending the services in hope of just such joy coming into their lives,—men and women who attend regularly and wait patiently for some testimony which will cover their own case and supply their own need. Some heart-hungry brother or sister may be seated next to the very individual who, if he spoke, might bring to his neighbor the light that would dispel the darkness. Every testimony honestly given is a sledge-hammer blow of truth driving its way home, and yet with all its strength and force it is also as a gentle zephyr carrying upon its wings the promise of a new springtime of life.

Truth versus False Belief
April 26, 1919

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