THE watchword is spoken; the light of Truth has again dawned on human consciousness, and through the ministrations of Christian Science mankind is being redeemed from sin—all evil. But to continue the work, that the quickening ray of a fuller spiritual effulgence may erase all darkness from the thoughts of men, requires steadfast endeavor, a consecration to divine Principle that falters not, nor fails.

How quickly would human problems, individual and collective, yield before the persistent purpose of applied Truth! It is indeed easy for the Christian Scientist to fill himself with much reading of the letter, and even befool himself with abstract mental debate and intellectual wrestlings, but the supreme necessity of the hour is proof of the letter in concrete demonstration. We must obey the instructions of our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, and "hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 261), if we would bring these into our experience.

What a demand is made upon us by that word "steadfastly"! It requires of us unswerving allegiance to the Principle of all good, God, through the deepest and most trying experiences, as well as the most trivial of conditions, an eternal vigilance that roots out every suggestion of evil. It means firm and vigorous protests against all forms of animal magnetism, overt and covert, a continuous affirming and reaffirming of the truth. But the reward of such steadfastness is glorious. It awakens spontaneous obedience to the divine commandment, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart." It holds one above the entanglements of personal opinion, and lifts thought to continued contemplation of spiritual ideas. Indeed, it is the calm, strong current that bears us ever onward and outward into the very ocean of divine Love, where all sense of mortal self is lost.

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January 28, 1928

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