Making Time for the Morning Meal

Probably one of the most noticeable changes which take place in the lives of those who have gained an understanding of Christian Science is the way in which they employ their time. Many things which formerly they eagerly engaged in as pleasant pastimes and dispellers of ennui now make little or no appeal. They find their study of Christian Science of such absorbing interest, so compellingly attractive, that their attention is constantly engaged and held by spiritual things. Indeed, some may feel that they have not so much time at their disposal as they would like to have for study and prayer.

As a matter of fact, prayer becomes to the student of Christian Science his greatest recreation, as well as his chief joy. In the renewing of his spiritual selfhood through communion with his Father-Mother God he finds true rest and recuperation, even as the Master did. Furthermore, he finds that spiritual truth constitutes his real food. Therefore less time and thought is given to what he partakes of materially, and more to what he is assimilating of the bread of Life.

Regularity, wisdom, system, and orderliness in the later respect can undoubtedly be observed with most profitable results, as they usually can be in every department of daily living. No wise mother, for instance, would allow her child to go without food until midday, the afternoon, or evening, with the plea that she had other duties which were more pressing. Nor would she feed him at irregular intervals and in a haphazard manner, and then expect him to manifest natural and normal growth. Yet is not this what we sometimes do in partaking of our spiritual food? Are we as particular about caring for the unfolding truth in our own thought as we would be about a little child left in our care? We all need to nourish, through prayer and study, our own understanding of the Christ. We need to guard and cherish that precious gift which is committed to our trust.

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Dominion over Fear
January 11, 1936

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