Anticipation of Good

Innumerable reasons for gratitude arise daily for one who seeks to mold his life in accord with Christian Science teaching. The Christian Scientist rejoicingly anticipates good at each step of his journey from sense to Soul. Any doubt that may have obtained during his first halting steps out of darkness into light is dissipated as one's understanding of the nature of good grows clearer through repeated demonstrations of its availability and ever-presence.

The shadow of fear spreads itself across material thought. Mankind strains fearful eyes striving to glimpse what the future holds in store for it. Sin, disease, and death appear to be concomitants of daily life. But how profoundly grateful Christian Scientists are for the understanding that the material world and all its manifestations are but dream shadows; how thankful they are to know that "all things work together for good to them that love God"! One need not anticipate evil, because good is ever present and all-powerful. Nothing is "too good to be true," since God, good, alone is true.

What a useless weight mankind has been carrying! The belief that man has an existence apart from God leads to all sorts of misconceptions. Thinking they are dependent on their own human endeavors, mortals have conjured up a host of things to fear. They are carrying a burden as heavy as that with which "Christian" set out from "The City of Destruction," as depicted in Bunyan's "Pilgrim Progress." As "Christian's" every movement was hampered by his burden, so every human activity is influenced by fear of something, one may know not what. Not having the understanding of God as taught in Christian Science, mortals endeavor to build up material safegurards, only to find them powerless against the onslaughts of evil.

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The Supremacy of Spirit
February 9, 1929

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