Every Hour's Demand

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 261, 262), our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, has written, "Good demands of man every hour, in which to work out the problem of being." When first this declaration dawned upon one individual's thought it seemed startling. It appeared so imperative, so all-inclusive, so exacting. What, she thought, of the many seeming material demands upon our time which will not let us serve each hour? What of the pleasure or recreation we feel to be our need and right? These were puzzling questions. She realized how far short she fell of the demand to give to God, good, every hour of her existence. She asked herself, Could I consider that even one hour is daily spent in fulfilling this demand? Human sense urged the ever pressing duties, the consequent lack of time for study and contemplation of a religious nature; but the light began to dawn on the troubled thought. The old notions of practicing religion began to give way to the new viewpoint which Christian Science brings.

It then began to be seen that the demand of good is not that one spend every hour on bended knee petitioning the heavenly Father to do something; nor that one use hours visiting the sick to talk in mournful sympathy with them of their ills; nor that one press upon the prisoner in his cell attentions which do not change thought to a better basis; neither is it that one retire from the world and live a life of asceticism. Indeed, the world has seen all too long the failure of these applications of so-called religion to heal its distresses. Christian Science teaches that one fulfills the demands of good by bringing religion into his daily affairs, into world affairs, and into humanity's problems.

Overcoming "two evils"
April 25, 1925

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