"In the midst"

In the gospel of John we are told of two occasions when, after his resurrection, closed doors proved no barrier to Jesus. On the second occasion, Thomas, the doubter, was with the other disciples. We read in John, "Then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you."

We are sometimes discouraged by the indifference or fear which shuts the door against the message of Christian Science. We are burdened with an ineffectual longing to help; with a feeling that we could do so much for some one who is suffering in mind or body, if only the bigoted prejudice of relatives did not bar the way. We feel thwarted in usefulness, perhaps, because Christian Science treatment can be neither openly forced upon those who are unready for it, nor secretly practiced upon those who are ignorant of what we are doing. At such moments when we are tempted to fret because what we could give finds no entrance, it is worth while to consider what the demonstration of Jesus just referred to may mean for us, if spiritually interpreted.

May 17, 1924

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