"Love ye therefore the stranger"

IT is interesting and inspiring to note how the children of Israel were admonished by Moses to show kindness, courtesy, and consideration to the stranger within their gates. They were never to neglect or overlook the stranger; his needs were to be supplied, and he was to share in the mercies which they enjoyed. In the tenth chapter of the book of Deuteronomy we find this instruction summed up in the beautiful sentence, "Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt."

Those who have been "strangers in the land of Egypt," who have known the thralldom of bondage to material sense and are experiencing the blessed release which Christian Science brings, will at all times be on the alert to fulfill this duty. Such a one will not be so engrossed meeting his friends at the close of a church service that he will neglect to greet those who may, perhaps, be attending a Christian Science church for the first time.

It is impossible to estimate what a kindly greeting may mean to one who, perhaps burdened and weary, has come to a church service to find out if haply there may be some help for him in Christian Science. The friendly hand outstretched in welcome, the invitation to come again, the kindly evidence that someone cares for him and is interested in his welfare—all this may in a very simple and unostentatious way express love; and only one who has come to a Christian Science service in desperate need, and received such a greeting, knows what it means.

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April 22, 1933

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