A dictionary gives as a meaning of the word "consecration," "The act or ceremony of separating from a common to a sacred use, or of devoting a person or thing to the service and worship of God; ... dedication." When a Christian Science church is dedicated, we understand that it is free from, and unencumbered by, any sense of debt. And so to individuals should come, through spiritual understanding, the satisfying assurance of freedom from bondage to worldly standards.

Paul writes in his second epistle to the Corinthians, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." What a blessed promise! conditioned upon being "separate," and touching "not the unclean thing." In other words, as we give up our belief in a life, power, intelligence, or substance apart from God, divine Mind, we find ourselves to be the sons and daughters of the Almighty; or, as John puts it, "Now are we the sons of God."

It is to be expected, then, that Christian Scientists—those who have named the name of Christ scientifically—are consecrated workers, endeavoring to separate themselves from the false beliefs of the flesh, and meekly and in the might of Spirit doing the works of healing, thus following in the pathway of their Master, Christ Jesus, by obeying his injunction to go into all the world preaching the gospel and healing the sick, thereby proving that "the kingdom of God is come nigh" unto them. The pathway by which Christian Scientists prove their unity with God, eternal good, their at-one-ment with Life, Truth, and Love, is lovingly mapped out for them by their beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, who was inspired to write and give to humanity the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

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November 8, 1924

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