The Divine Influence Ever Present

A human being is blessed in proportion as he develops and utilizes spiritual understanding. The endeavor of rightminded parents is that their offspring shall be upright in character and of service to their fellows. To this end they seek to develop their children's gifts and qualities not only intellectually and artistically, but also morally and spiritually. The one who wrote, "O God, thou hast taught me from my youth," evidently recognized and respected the everpresent divine influence which had been with him from his youth.

The greatest Teacher the world has ever known is Christ Jesus. He was able to teach, heal, redeem, and liberate because he himself was incessantly taught of God. With profound conviction and confidence he could say: "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." Of him Mrs. Eddy writes (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 91), "No purer and more exalted teachings ever fell upon human ears than those contained in what is commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount." His endeavor as a teacher was to impress his followers with the one wholly divine influence and its availability to all. With him, practice and proof, teaching and demonstrating the truth of being, were indivisible.

September 3, 1938

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