In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 152), our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, admonishes us to ask ourselves the following question: "Do I understand God as Love, the divine Principle of all that really is, the infinite good, than which there is none else and in whom is all?" And she continues: "Unless this be so, the blind is leading the blind, and both will stumble into doubt and darkness, even as the ages have shown. To-day, if ye would hear His voice, listen to His Word and serve no other gods. Then the divine Principle of good, that we call God, will be found an ever-present help in all things, and Christian Science will be understood."

Divine Love, when understood and demonstrated, liberates mankind from all that is unlike good, from belief in the so-called laws of matter and a life apart from God.

What is commonly called human love may be based largely on fear. This false sense of love, accompnied by a belief of possession, often carries with it the fear of loss. Even mother-love, that highest human concept of love, is accompanied by fear of loss, and not until the child is placed unreservedly in the hands of God can there be real peace in the mother's heart. True, this may not be easy to do, but blessed indeed is that mother who sees the truth voiced by Martin Luther, perhaps the greatest spiritual seer of his time, when he said: "I have held many things in my hands and lost them all. Whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess." Divine Love liberates, eliminating the belief of me and mine, and establishing the great truth of Thee and Thine. What unspeakable joy comes to the one who awakens and begins to see the light breaking through the darkness.

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Starting in the Right Direction
January 6, 1940

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