"As he journeyed"

In Jesus' parable of the good Samaritan, it is related that a man who had fallen among thieves lay half dead on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho, when "by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite.... But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was."

When the individual begins to understand the teachings of Christian Science, he realizes how completely human existence, unless governed by Principle, is at the mercy of chance. He sees that, because of this, again and again he has passed by on the other side of happiness, of usefulness, of progress, not necessarily because he was selfish or indifferent, but because he was indecisive, unprepared, afraid. In the instability of his purpose and the ambiguity of his direction, he has entered upon that which he should have avoided, and passed by that which he should gladly have undertaken.

May 20, 1939

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