The Unfailing Way

There is a mountain in the Colorado Rockies which from a cabin below and some distance away appears to have a bald, perpendicular face. Newcomers to the region commonly assume that it cannot be climbed from that side. But as the traveler approaches it more nearly, he finds that what appeared at a distance to be only barely perceptible shadows on its face are openings and ledges, and, going still nearer in the right direction, he discovers a safe trail to the top of the mountain.

The attitude of one who has been up this mountain and then views it again at a distance can be readily imagined. And it is not unlike the attitude which the student of Christian Science comes naturally to take toward all the difficulties of human experience. For himself or another, he may be confronted with a limiting or afflictive condition that appears to be insuperable. There may be, in the ordinary human view, no indication of the solution; no indication that there is a solution. But the experienced Christian Scientist knows at the outset that there is a solution. He knows it through the clear teaching of Christian Science, and his own proofs of this teaching. He knows it to the point of taking actual comfort in the knowledge—of being at peace and assured, regardless of appearances. And, proceeding faithfully in his work on the condition according to the teaching of this Science, he finds the solution appearing.

The experience of Christian Scientists abounds in illustrations of the way in which this occurs. Take one, almost at random. A designer of women's hats was out of employment through the closing of a factory. She applied to all the companies which seemed likely to have need of her services, but received no encouragement. Most of them had employees on leave who would be recalled before others were considered. The prospect of the designer's obtaining any other type of work appeared to be, if possible, less encouraging. And it was urgently necessary that she have remunerative work.

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The Sabbath Day
June 11, 1932

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