"The anchor of hope"

Many who have passed that more or less indefinite period known as middle age are apt to look on the future with uncertainty. They are likely to wonder how many more years they will have in which to continue the work they are engaged in, and how much strength, ability, and courage they will have with which to carry on. With some persons the inclination is mentally to measure their present supply of strength and endurance against the probable future encroachment of disease and decrepitude, wondering if their vitality and vigor will be equal to the tasks before them. Such tendencies may even hamper students of Christian Science in their demonstration of longevity. They may forget, at times, that Mary Baker Eddy has said in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 246), "Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise."

Longevity accompanied by useful activity is certainly to be desired. Therefore, those who are wise will be looking forward hopefully and expectantly to added years of service. They will not only hope for, but joyously look forward to continuance in the preparatory school of human experience until they attain the full reward of righteous endeavor.

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