Our Lesson-Sermons

The inestimable value of our Lesson-Sermons was impressed upon the writer more clearly than ever at the time of an epidemic, when, in accordance with an interpretation given to a state law, all public places including churches were closed. With the dawning of a Sunday morning came the disappointing thought that we could not go to church; but immediately came the joyous realization that we could study our Lesson-Sermon; that although our churches might be closed we could not be robbed of the truth as given to us therein. True gratitude was felt and expressed for our Leader's work and her great wisdom in giving to the Christian Science churches throughout the world the Bible and the Christian Science textbook as our "preachers." The writer's thought became filled with the realization of the privileges and joys which were hers as a student of Christian Science, compared with the distress of many around her, those held in bondage by their fear of impending evil.

These words on page 116 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" by Mrs. Eddy were recalled and studied: "At a time of contagious disease, Christian Scientists endeavor to rise in consciousness to the true sense of the omnipotence of Life, Truth, and Love, and this great fact in Christian Science realized will stop a contagion." Here was admonition and a promise, our duty to ourselves and to all mankind defined. How grateful she felt that she was able to realize in some degree the truth of this statement, and how safe she felt in God's protecting care. What if all the other people in the town did believe they had to suffer from this so-called disease, she did not have to believe it! A lie repeated ten thousand times is still a lie; it can never be the truth. And have we not the promises in that wonderful ninety-first psalm: "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.... Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling"?

The Right Place
June 7, 1919

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