"EVERY individual character, like the individual John the Baptist, at some date must cry in the desert of earthly joy; and his voice be heard divinely and humanly. In the desolation of human understanding, divine Love hears and answers the human call for help; and the voice of Truth utters the divine verities of being which deliver mortals out of the depths of ignorance and vice." Such is the comforting message that Mrs. Eddy has given us on page 81 of "Miscellaneous Writings." And its truth is being proved daily, as one prodigal after another humbly turns to God and follows the pathway marked out by Christian Science.

When we arrive at that point in our human experience where, because of physical ailments, sorrow, financial or business difficulties, domestic worries, or any of the numerous ills that seem to beset mortals, we begin to see that our own puny efforts of will-power, futile worldly intellectualism, material reasoning, and blind obedience to hygiene are inadequate to master the situation, we too cry out, "Lord, save us: we perish." Thus are we weaned from mortal ways and means, and seek a power outside and above the unreal human will. It is at this point of our awaking that God hears "the human call for help;" for however feeble or faltering the acknowledgment that God is, it opens the door of human consciousness to the Christ, Truth. And once the loving, ever present Christ has been admitted, we feel the assurance expressed by the Psalmist, "Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble : thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear : to judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress." This grain of Truth thus begins its work of leavening, purging, and purifying consciousness, so delivering us from "the man of the earth," that is, from our false concept of a selfhood apart from God.

After our first illumination through this wonderful new-old truth, we are uplifted and exalted, confident that never again will any shadow of earth dim our clear vision. And yet, retaining our vision, we must enter the valley of humility, and thereafter patiently and steadfastly direct all our efforts to attaining the desired promise, and entering the haven of divine Love, where mortal error is forever silenced and Truth alone is reflected.

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December 14, 1929

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