"All safe to land"

The account in the Acts of the Apostles of the shipwreck, when Paul and all the prisoners came safely to land, contains a message for everyone. It states that "the centurion, willing to save Paul, ... commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: and the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land."

Many to-day have summoned up courage to part with materialistic dependencies and have launched out toward the dimly seen land of Spirit, as revealed in Christian Science. Some, however, are tempted to delay their own progress by comparing it with that of others. One has sometimes heard that persons whose healing seems to be slow feel a little resentful, or at least discouraged, when hearing of others whose healing has been rapidly realized. A little reflection on the impersonal and spiritual nature of all healing accomplished through Christian Science may, however, awaken fresh hope, confidence, and gratitude for the very fact that in many cases healing is quickly accomplished. Truth makes no distinctions in ruling out error.

Some of the prisoners, it appears, were able to swim to land unaided. Their experience might be said to correspond with that of many who have been healed in Christian Science through their own study, without the aid of a practitioner. Others, we read, came safely to land with the help of boards. Now, had those prisoners given way to envy or self-pity when swift, strong swimmers passed them by, discontent might have prevented them from utilizing their boards, and so they would have retarded their approach to land. Christian Science, the interpreter of impartial divine Love, teaches one never to envy the advance of others, whether with regard to healing, positions held, salary, or opportunity, but to utilize to the uttermost the understanding he himself possesses, confident that divine Love is equal to the performance of every task and is entirely unaffected by the various conditions of mortal belief.

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April 27, 1929

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