Ministering Angels

Christian Scientists have many experiences wherein the sunshine of God's presence bursts upon the thought, bringing freedom, joy, harmony, and a fuller sense of health. It may be after a struggle with doubt and fear and difficulty that this God-bestowed joy comes, crowning faithful effort. Such victories enable us to understand in some measure Christ Jesus' experience, narrated in the fourth chapter of Matthew. This gospel story shows that, when Jesus had silenced the suggestions of the tempter, "the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him."

The progress of the Christian Scientist records continual triumphs, and each victory may be richer, fuller, more joyous than those which have gone before. Thus, spiritual good is steadily gained by those who are faithfully striving to practice what they understand of the Science of being, which our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, discovered and taught. When difficulties confront us, our thought rises more quickly into the light of Truth and Love, and abides there more permanently. Even before the sense of evil is wholly dispelled, there comes to us the clear consciousness of the power and presence of divine Love.

The life and work of the prophet Daniel afford inspiration to those who are seeking to understand and demonstrate the power of God. Daniel's record of his own life-work shows that he saw clearly that the spiritual vision which he enjoyed, came direct from God. It is plain that the divine power realized by him wonderfully subdued the sense of evil, as, for instance, when he was delivered from the lions. In the narratives contained in the book bearing his name, Daniel's struggles sink into the background; while the record of his grand achievement stands out like a shining light, bearing witness to the power of God manifested through man. When we consider how few there were in Daniel's day who possessed this clear spiritual perception, and remember how much God accomplished through him, it should be a great encouragement to us in this age, when, thanks to our Leader's faithful work, the Science of being is becoming more widely understood. As a result of the revelation of Christian Science, there come to us to-day angel-visitants, inspiring thoughts, which speak to us as the angel—"one like the appearance of a man"—spoke of old to Daniel: "Fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong."

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Patience and Tenderness in Practice
December 15, 1928

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