"Christian encouragement"

ON page 367 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy we read, "The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love."

A student of Christian Science was once pondering this statement of our beloved Leader, and at the time the word "encouragement" stood out above the others. How often in one's experience has a word of encouragement uttered by a friend been of inestimable value in the working out of a problem! A person groping about in a dark room may know well that he needs only to find the electric light switch in order to flood the room with brightness; he knows that it is available, but for the moment he has lost his bearings and cannot locate the switch. He needs only the little gleam, say from a match, and at once the whole situation is transformed; he no longer has to grope about, but at once proceeds to employ the means by which he will have the benefit of a well-lighted room. Although it is not the light from the match that now provides the illumination, yet it must be acknowledged that its momentary gleam played a very useful preliminary part. And so, when the way in human experience seems obscure, a word of encouragement will indeed be a gleam of light, healing and comforting.

Tending the Light
April 30, 1932

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