The Helping Hand

IN his wonderful little book, "The Greatest Thing in the World," Professor Drummond points out how much of Jesus' time was spent in doing merely kind things. A close study of the gospels emphasizes this. Our Master was always ready to meet the needs of the people. His consciousness of the all-power and all-presence of God was so pure, his love for humanity so deep and tender, his spiritual discernment so clear, that he was able to give to each seeker who came to him just the kind of help most needed. Every earnest student of Christian Science must long for that same wisdom and love, and for that spiritual intuition which heals and helps.

When we look around the world to-day and see the strife and dissension,—when we observe the suspicion, hatred, and distrust which are manifested, both nationally and individually,—the cry is for more light, more understanding of the Christ, Truth, which will enable us to bring comfort and healing to a distracted world. We ask ourselves the questions: How can I help? What part can I take in order that the burden may be lifted from humanity? What can I do to help stem the tide of discord and friction, which seems so real?

At first sight, it may seem as though the task were too big for us to share in; and the suggestion may come that, after all, one can do so little that it really amounts almost to nothing at all. But a moment's consideration will uncover the error of this thought. To each is given the opportunity to demonstrate harmony and unity just where he is,—in the home life, school life, business life, and in social intercourse. Think what it would mean if all would resolve to think only kind thoughts, to speak only kind words, and to stop that destructive criticism which is just as harmful to those who criticize as to the one criticized! We do not always realize that when we speak in that way of another's faults or failings we are manifesting the same condition of thought as the one we are, perhaps, so glibly condemning.

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Spiritual Interpretation
February 10, 1923

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