"The bridegroom cometh"

Christian Scientists are a grateful group of people, as may be witnessed by the thousands of testimonies of healing given orally at the Wednesday evening meetings and published in the Christian Science periodicals. When a problem presents itself for solution the student may turn to the Bible, to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" or other writings by Mrs. Eddy, or to any of our periodicals, and in the measure of his receptivity to the truths contained therein will his healing be realized.

However, there is something else to be considered by the earnest student, and that is more general reading. By this is meant study that has no immediate application to specific individual need. Our thought is prone to fasten upon any statement that appears applicable to the problem confronting us. We read with eagerness of the healing of some condition similar to the one we are striving to overcome at the moment. We study earnestly the articles in the periodicals that answer some present questioning, and we search out the truths in the Bible and in Science and Health that fit into an exigency directly concerning ourselves.

Under the question, "How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?" our Leader says (Science and Health, p. 495), "Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit." In any line of study a certain amount of time is spent on effort that appears extraneous to the student's desire for rapid consummation of the subject. But as the entire pattern unfolds it is seen that each phase of activity had its rightful and needful place in the orderly progress of the whole. In the thorough study of Christian Science a desire for ever increasing knowledge of its beauty and utility must prevail in the student's consciousness.

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Taming the Tongue
May 12, 1934

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