"Semper paratus": Always Ready

The captain of a transatlantic liner, upon taking his seat at dinner one day, remarked to the passengers at his table, "The barometer is falling: it looks as though there is some nasty weather ahead." A lady inquired rather anxiously: "Will there be a storm? Do you think there is any danger?" "There may be a storm," replied the captain, "but there is no danger whatever. We are always prepared for such things." This was said with quiet assurance, and the passenger was thereupon relieved of fear.

The above incident may serve as an illustration of the elimination of fear through assurance of proper preparation. Needless to say, it was the quiet confidence of the captain which brought a sense of security. A lesson helpful to the student of Christian Science may be gained from this illustration, a lesson in accordance with divine Principle, through which to acquire that quality of thinking which is consonant with the title of this article. Should we not take daily stock of our mental defenses to see what state they are in, whether they are impregnable to meet the fury of evil when it beats against them? On board that vessel the captain each day had a thorough inspection made of every department. Also, never a moment of the day or night went by without alert watch being kept in certain parts of the ship; and the first requirement of those keeping watch was obedience to duty.

Practitioner and Patient
February 2, 1929

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