"They helped every one his neighbour"

THE ability to speak a helpful word in season to another is a God-bestowed blessing. When we are thinking in terms of helpfulness, our words will be helpful. Often a kind word spoken at the right time has given to one who has been faltering courage to on with confidence and achieve success. The prophet Isaiah records the practice of helpfulness in Israel, in these words: "They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage."

The Psalmist points to the source of true helpfulness when he declares that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Since God, our divine Principle, is an ever-present help, we are helpful to others to the extent that we reflect divine Principle. Since we come into close contact with others in our daily work, in our play, in our social relationships, it is well that we entertain a constructive, supporting thought regarding all. God's presence is proved in the helpfulness shown by one to another, whether it be in the humblest walks of life or in what some may regard as higher. Mrs. Eddy writes in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 166), "When we are willing to help and to be helped, divine aid is near."

The Protection of Giving
November 9, 1935

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