The Task of Being Good

"Prayer begets an awakened desire to be and do good. It makes new and scientific discoveries of God, of His goodness and power. It shows us more clearly than we saw before, what we already have and are; and most of all, it shows us what God is. Advancing in this light, we reflect it." So writes the beloved and revered Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy (No and Yes, p. 39).

Have we through the study of Christian Science learned to pray aright, and gained enough understanding so to purify our aims and motives that we cherish a genuine desire to be and to do good? Then we can bow in humble gratitude, and whisper, "I thank Thee, Father," because with His gracious help we find ourselves prepared for the inestimable blessing of making "new and scientific discoveries of God, of His goodness and power," and of availing ourselves thereof. Comprehending more clearly what we are, in reality, and what we already possess because of God's goodness, we are animated by a desire to reflect His goodness practically and, as the poet Whittier admonished,

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