"Dear reader"

One day a student of Christian Science, feeling the need of assistance in overcoming an inharmonious condition, turned to the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, for help. As she did so, the wistful thought came: Oh, if it were only possible for me to speak for a few minutes with the author of this book! How sure I am that she would appreciate my situation, would sympathize, encourage, and advise me from her own deep experience, and my problem would be solved!

With a sigh of regret that this personal intercourse was not possible, the student picked up the textbook, which fell open at page 253, and there she read these words: "I hope, dear reader, I am leading you into the understanding of your divine rights, your heaven-bestowed harmony,—that, as you read, you see there is no cause (outside of erring, mortal, material sense which is not power) able to make you sick or sinful; and I hope that you are conquering this false sense." The student paused in surprise. "Dear reader"! It seemed as though the words stood out in sharp relief upon the page to challenge her attention. Why, she thought, the reader in this instance is I! She suddenly realized that as she was unquestionably a reader of the book these bracing words were addressed directly to her; that through them she was being urged to understand her own divine rights, her own bestowed harmony, and to conquer false material sense. Eagerly she turned to the Concordance to Science and Health and found several other references which contained this same phrase, "dear reader," followed in each instance by the very encouragement and instruction which she had been craving, and which she was now eagerly accepting.

Result of Rectification
July 23, 1932

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