"Me, and mine, and all"

The orderly unfoldment which takes place in the thought of an individual who is progressing in the understanding of Christian Science is indicated in Mrs. Eddy's beautiful poem, "Mother's Evening Prayer" (Poems, p. 4), in the last line of the second stanza: "His arm encircles me, and mine, and all."

The first proofs of healing through the touch of the Christ, Truth, fill one with joy and gratitude; and the beginner whispers, "His arm encircles me." Then there is a reaching out to help, perhaps, those near and dear; and added gratitude is felt and expressed when this healing truth is proved for loved ones also. The song rises higher; and gladly we proclaim, "His arm encircles me, and mine." This stage of advancement may satisfy for a time; but to the progressive worker the brighter vision will come, demanding more consecrated effort, further laying down of self in the desire that all, near and far, may share the blessings of infinite Love. Not only "me, and mine," but all mankind, are embraced in our dear Leader's vision; for, as she tells us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 266), "Universal Love is the divine way in Christian Science."

Humility, the Crowning Gift
September 15, 1923

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