The Work of the Practitioner

The one who asks such a question as that in Jeremiah, "Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed?" needs simply to experience the calm and grateful sureness of Christ Jesus, when he said before there seemed to be any change in the case which he was considering: "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always." He knew that the presence and power of Principle are immediate, even when the human senses testify to the contrary. Thus he could rejoice in all circumstances, because he understood health and happiness as spiritual activity, sustained by Principle and forever untouched by any supposition of matter. This understanding constituted his practice of Principle and made him a truly good practitioner.

Each one who turns to and relies on divine Principle is, to that extent, a practitioner of Christian Science. The very reliance on infinite Mind for all good is right practice and is undeniably effective. In other words, each one's work is simply to turn in the right direction. "Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually," as we read in Hosea, has been the exhortation of religion from time immemorial. Christian Science, however, shows one not only the necessity for turning but how to turn. That is why Mrs. Eddy wrote "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and her other works, that she might show in every possible way, with metaphysically scientific exactness, how each one may turn to Principle and prove healing through the turning.

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