"Be not afraid"

Under the heading "Mental Treatment Illustrated," on page 410 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes, "Christian scientific practice begins with Christ's keynote of harmony, 'Be not afraid!' " Let us consider, then, the "Christian scientific practice" of healing the sick from the standpoint of "Christ's keynote of harmony."

With the first reading of the Christian Science textbook, the honest seeker glimpses God as good, as Love, and begins to feel that he can know or understand Him as good, and as Principle; and, later, his thought awakens to behold God as Father-Mother, ever available and near at hand to bless and to heal. With this growing conscious sense of God's nearness and reality, our Master's words, "Be not afraid," stand out with new force and power. The fears and limitations which may be robbing one of his normal usefulness and peace may be expressed in forms of tormenting sickness, loss of position, lack of supply, or in other ways, to the human sense unacquainted with what Mrs. Eddy describes as "Christ's keynote of harmony." It is thus easy to understand how thought awakened to the allness and availability of God would find fear being replaced with trust and confidence, pain with a sweet sense of peace and the absence of fear, limitation with an increasing understanding of the Scriptural promise, "Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine."

May 10, 1930

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