Striving

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills," sang the Psalmist, "from whence cometh my help." The longing for help in solving the seeming problems of human existence is as old as mortals; and, intuitively, the seeker after help looks to a higher power for his assistance. For long centuires he has appealed blindly "to the unknown God" for something that would assist him, wondering in his despair why he need be so utterly without support. Through Christian Science he learns that an appeal "to the unknown God" accomplishes nothing, but that the declaration of the truth about God and man brings into his experience the good that he has honestly declared. He learns, also, that in the ratio that he is able to rise above the seeming falsities of so-called mortal mind, refusing to be a dumping ground for error's deceptions, to that extent not only does he heal his own ills, but he helps others. This ability can be gained only by gathering from our trials their blessings, and making the most of our opportunities to declare the allness of God.

Our human endeavors are beset by so many of the frailties of the flesh, and the arguments of evil, as they begin to be uncovered, seem so real, that it is assuredly a problem, many times, even to remember that there is a mountain top, let alone to reach it. It sometimes seems a weary road; and the heartaches along its winding distance are many. They spring up like weeds along the way, and their appearance is varied. The noxious growths of envy, jealousy, and hate; the unsavory ones of distrust and betrayal; and the flowerlike ones of hypocrisy and cant,—all attempt to cover up the path; to flaunt their unsavoriness, and make impure the sweet atmosphere of heaven; to wind their coarse tendrils around us, and trip us as we go. But of what avail? We may have to look a little harder to see the way, or we may have to declare a little more definitely that we live in "atmosphere of love divine." We may stumble a bit, and need to put our hands more trustingly into the Father's; but in spite of it all, we find the path and we walk in it, if we are honestly trying.

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Divine Service
May 12, 1923
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