Preservation Through Right Thinking

In her work "Christian Science versus Pantheism" (p. 4) our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes: "God, Spirit, is indeed the preserver of man. Then, in the words of the Hebrew singer, 'Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. ... Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy disease.' " In this utterance of truth there is extended to the heart-hungry a reasonable hope for the attainment of final deliverance from the belief of evil in all its varied remifications and manifestations.

That such preservation is desirable is evidenced by the great and continuous efforts of nations and individuals to secure for themselves and for posterity freedom from evil, danger, poverty, and disease, in order that individual and national well-being may be established. Vast sums of money and the services of thousands of men are utilized in order that nations may maintain peace or be prepared for war; skilled engineers are engaged and the best mechanical de vices are utilized in the effort to protect persons and property from floods, fire, storms, want, and woe; and when it comes to the question of mankind's efforts to preserve itself from sickness, disease, and death, it would be difficult correctly to estimate what is being attempted. And yet, after thousands of years of medicine, the human race is still confronted with disease. Is it any wonder that tired humanity, accepting sense-testimony as real, should echo again the cry of the prophet Jeremiah, "Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?"

In the little town of Bethlehem, nearly two thousand years ago, was born one who in the fullness of time gave an affirmative answer to the question of Jeremiah, an answer not only in words, but in deeds. At the age of thirty years this one, Christ Jesus, began his public ministry among men; and during the three years following he taught and demonstrated a complete and perfect salvation, a salvation not only for a period after the event called death, but for eternity.

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Overcoming Discouragement
September 28, 1929

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