"'Peace, be still!' our Father is at the helm"—Mary Baker Eddy

"'Peace , be still!' our Father is at the helm." By these simple words published at the head of the Editorial Columns of the Christian Science Sentinel in two successive issues (August 3 and August 10, 1899), our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, quieted the concern and fear of those who loved her. She had been made a defendant in a suit designed to harass her and obstruct the progress of the Christian Science movement which she had founded, but no word of recrimination came from her pen, only the brief, meaningful statement quoted above. Can we doubt the effect it must have had on her loyal followers then, those Christian Scientists who had been healed through the spiritual understanding they had gained from her inspired teaching, and who rallied around her in support of her great discovery and her precious name?

Mrs. Eddy's words cannot fail to bring to the Christian Scientist who reads them now, thoughts of the Science, the absolute Christian Science, which she discovered and continually strove to demonstrate. God, the Father, had been revealed to her as Mind, Love, the creative divine Principle, and man as the idea of Mind, the child of God; and thus inspired she saw, as Christ Jesus had seen, the inseparability of man from God. Perceiving this truth, she discerned that the Father is ever at the helm; and to this vision she clung amid all the varying experiences of her human life.

Now, absolute Christian Science must be our refuge as it was Mrs. Eddy's. Think of its inspired teaching: God's allness—good's allness—and evil's nothingness! Every trial we undergo, be it of sickness or any other form of evil, is but an endeavor of mortal mind to have us believe that good is not infinite, and that evil is real. We hold fast, however, to the truths which Christian Science reveals, and we apply these truths when error seems to confront us; and thus we scientifically overcome erroneous belief. This is the method the Christian Scientist employs in healing the sick; and it must be employed as radically in meeting sin, whatever the nature of its seeming activity.

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March 9, 1929

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