Casting out Fear with Love

"Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more." So writes Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, on page 3 of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

One of the many blessings which Christian Scientists enjoy is the opportunity provided at the Wednesday evening testimony meetings, held in all Christian Science churches the world over, of giving individual testimony of the saving and healing power of Christian Science. Every Christian Scientist can testify in some degree to this healing power. There is none but has had at least one experience when his understanding of God and of man's relationship to God has saved him from difficulties or suffering. Still, there are many who have not yet availed themselves of this opportunity of telling their experience; and there are many of us who might do more in the giving of testimonies.

Is this on account of ingratitude? No, indeed; for our meetings are filled with those whose hearts are silently expressing gratitude, and who are longing to express it audibly, and who know that there are others present who have come to hear these testimonies, and to see someone who has proved that Christian Science heals the sick. Many recognize that it is their privilege and duty lovingly to share with the seeker for Truth the blessings they have received; and they are endeavoring to obey the Master's injunction, "Freely ye have received, freely give." So it may not be lack of gratitude which prevents one from testifying publicly to the healing power of Truth. It may be fear; fear of this or that limitation; fear, with its innumerable mental suggestions which are ever trying to prevent one from doing good, suggestions which furnish mortal mind with the bonds that have fettered the expression of truth in every age.

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September 21, 1929

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