Pressing On

To those laboring with the burdens of sin, sickness, and suffering, the blessed truth as revealed in Christian Science comes like "the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass." This refreshing and strengthening "rain" of Truth encourages us to strive for greater understanding and growth, and we long for the time when we shall be able to demonstrate more of its healing power for ourselves and others.

But sometimes it seems that as we grow in understanding our problems appear to be just as difficult, and our daily pathway quite as thorny, as before—or even more so. Discouragement, and perhaps resentment, may strive to gain admittance to our consciousness, because sense-testimony would declare that we are not making much progress. At such times the beautiful promises of the Bible may be recalled. "And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." Thus we read in Isaiah; and again: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen ... help... uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish."

When we lift our thought to God, these promises come to us as His angels, and are a wonderful source of strength and comfort. Even if error does seem to be active and apparently persistent in spite of our long and earnest work, we can be assured that its overthrow is certain, and that it will disappear from our consciousness. Error may be stubborn in belief, but it must yield; for God is infinite good; and because good is all, since God is All, there can in reality be no opposite to good. "In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physical senses must give up their false testimony," writes Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 192). Note the word "must"! It leaves no doubt; it admits of none. It is imperative and final.

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May 26, 1928

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