At a certain time of the year the thought of many is directed towards giving. Some give from a sense of duty; others give from a sense of love. Some give grudgingly; others feel financially unable to give. Giving is commonly associated with gifts of material objects. This has resulted in our acceptance of a very narrow and limited sense of giving.

In the light of Christian Science, giving is discovered to be an activity within the reach of all, no matter what the material circumstances—an activity which can and should be continuous. This is one of the grand lessons nature teaches. Does not the sun continually give forth to the earth and all the inhabitants thereof light and warmth? Do not the rocks and trees give shelter, the clouds rain, the birds song, and the flowers loveliness?

On this subject the great Teacher, Christ Jesus, said, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom." This command also includes a promise. The loving Master made no demand which cannot be met by those who follow him. We must accept, therefore, the fact that each one possesses the ability to give. Since ability to give, like the kingdom of heaven, is within, it is clear that the apparent inability to give is primarily due not to circumstances, but to lack of spiritual understanding. Having accepted the fact that man reflects God, we see that he is continuously showing forth the perfection of his inexhaustible source, the divine Mind.

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October 12, 1935

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