Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 426), "When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress." Expectancy of good brings hope in the darkest hours of human experience, and the consciousness that is most expectant of good is most receptive to good. The power of expectancy lies in the acknowledgment of the supremacy of divine Love.

Christian Science makes it plain that God is infinite and altogether good; and as we center our expectation upon the activity of God's law of love, knowing that it brings forth only that which is Godlike and good, we destroy the evidence of the material senses. Still, how often upon close examination of our treatment do we discover our thought sadly devoid of the expectation of good! This seeming lack is a great obstacle between us and many of our demonstrations, withholding from us the realization of heaven, otherwise within our grasp, now.

The aim of the student of Christian Science is to heal in one treatment. He should expect each treatment to heal. But many times the student in doing his mental work allows doubt to creep in; and so he forestalls his demonstration; or he promises himself that he will take up the problem again later in the day, or that he will then seek the help of another Christian Scientist. How little has he felt assured that God's promises would be fulfilled! How feebly has he realized that correct treatment possesses the power of God, is God-given and God-blessed! Was he really expecting healing? Without expectation the student's efforts cannot be effective.

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The Purpose of Life
November 12, 1927

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