"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock"

What patience and gentleness are examplified in these words: "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me"! The Christ, Truth, is ever standing at the door of human consciousness, gently seeking to reveal the presence of divine Love. On page 224 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes, referring to "a higher and more practical Christianity," "Will you open or close the door upon this angel visitant, who cometh in the quiet of meekness, as he came of old to the patriarch at noonday?"

Why do mortals not open the door of consciousness to this new-old truth which Christian Science reveals? What are the false beliefs which keep it closed? What is preventing their receptivity to Truth? Perhaps they are afraid to open their hearts to the truth lest they may have to give up something that seems especially dear to them. Perhaps they do not yet know that one who admits the Christ, Truth, gains so much that he is not aware of any sense of loss; for, as our Leader writes in her poem "The Mother's Evening Prayer" (Poems, p. 4), "God is good, and loss is gain."

Perhaps the attention of mortals is so absorbed in the little monotonous, irksome, daily duties that they do not pause to listen to the higher call. They will find that, with the Christ present in consciousness, the little duties that are so necessary for the practical comfort of those about them, will no longer seem dull or monotonous, for they will be done joyfully and in a spirit of loving service.

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The Benediction
May 18, 1929

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