"The world has need of you"

The world today presents a picture of unrest and upheaval. Rumors of war, unemployment, lack, financial instability, and commercial crises are some of the unlovely features it brings to the attention of tired and bewildered humanity. Through the influence of Christian Science, Truth is uncovering the wrong thinking which underlies these conditions, and as such thinking is corrected a greater degree of harmony in world affairs will be attained.

In an address to The Mother Church, Mrs. Eddy said to Christian Scientists (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 110): "Beloved children, the world has need of you,—and more as children than as men and women: it needs your innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives." How lovely a quality is innocence, that positive, undefiled quality which reflects God, divine consciousness, as All-in-all and ever present! Mere ignorance of evil may seem to simulate innocence; but this is a negative state, a belief of material goodness, not an attribute of the healing truth which uncovers evil and proves its nothingness. Our Leader speaks of "lust and hypocrisy" as "wolves in sheep's clothing," which are "detected and killed by innocence, the Lamb of Love" (Science and Health, p. 567). With childlike faith in the omnipotence of Love and the purity and innocence of Love's reflection, man, we need not fear when evil is uncovered, for it will be seen as powerless, and so destroyed.

A companion quality to innocence is unselfishness, for "the Lamb of Love" knows nothing of the desire for personal gain or the mesmerism of worldly policy. Serene in the understanding of Mind's allness, true innocence knows only the universality of Love's bestowals, the inseparability of man from Soul and its blessings, which all must share alike. Fear of loss, limited giving, selfish, restrictive hoarding, find no abiding place in the consciousness where unselfishness, linked with innocence, abounds.

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Improving Our Education
July 25, 1936

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