Earnest Study a Help

"A Christian Scientist is not fatigued by prayer, by reading the Scriptures or the Christian Science textbook," writes Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in the Manual of The Mother Church (Art. XVII, Sect. 1). To earnest and consecrated students of this Science the statement by their Leader is a constant source of encouragement.

When one is first awakened to this glorious truth, a small amount of reading and effort may seem sufficient to carry one forward in the daily pursuits. The time comes, however, when more time and effort is necessary to satisfy the craving for a fuller understanding of God, which Christian Science gives. As this state is reached by the individual, the truth of our Leader's words quoted at the beginning of this article is realized. These first moments of reading have grown into moments of study, then into hours of restful search for a clearer and better understanding of God, and of man in His image and likeness.

Our Leader continues (ibid.): "Amusement or idleness is weariness. Truth and Love rest the weary and heavy laden." We find that many of the hours that were spent in the pursuit of amusement, or in idleness, have now become periods of quiet unfoldment and joyful expectancy of good. Each day can have its periods of spiritual refreshment for us all, if the day begins with a consecrated study of the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly. With so much to bless us we are able to conduct our affairs in such a way as to have access to a part or all the instructive Christian Science literature supplied by The Christian Science Publishing Society, also to our beloved Leader's writings, and to the Book of books, the Bible. These periods of refreshment carry us steadily forward in the line of spiritual inspiration, and we feel as though we, like our blessed Master, had gone "up into a mountain, and sat down there."

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"I will listen for Thy voice"
September 4, 1937

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