"A sweet and certain sense"

From time immemorial certainty has been both desired and feared. Men have longer to know of a surely that some specific thing would come to pass; that a long-delayed plan would eventually attain consummation. They have longed to be sure that health would be restored in cases of illness; that financial investments would be proved wise; that confidence in a friend was not misplaced.

Again, who among those in the business world has not at times felt that he would give much to know that this position in office, bank, store, or manufacturing plant was secure; that no machinations of so-called mortal mind were maneuvering toward his discharge or his being placed in some less desirable position? Many a one, feeling the burned of unemployment, would be joyous and grateful to know that a position in which he could earn a comfortable living for those dependent upon him would soon be his.

In countless ways has the intense desire for certainty been manifested. On page 569 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes, "He that touches the hem of Christ's robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing,—in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love." Thus we see that in Science certainty can mean only sureness of good. In this certainty all harmony is embodied. Oh, that restless, anxious humanity would learn this truth—feel it, know it! Fondly hoping to see the fulfillment of some long-cherished plan, they would then be content to leave it to divine Mind, knowing that Mind knows no error. One in search of health would accept the blessed assurance of the Psalmist, "Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." On commencing a journey one would be filled with a sense of calmness and protection in realizing the blessedness of the words spoken by the Lord to Joshua: "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." Confidence cannot be misplaced when all confidence is placed in God, and when the fact that man is the reflection of the one infinite God is fully realized.

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The Church Manual
July 19, 1930

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