The Watchman

Students of Christian Science learn not only to pray incessantly, but to watch thought vigilantly to see what the origin of each mental guest is—whence it came and whither it leads. Jesus warned his disciples many times to watch. He told them: "And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also." Jesus knew better than anyone else that whatever is allowed to usurp the place of the Christ, in thought or experience, no matter what form the object of sense may take, is a thief.

Because he kept the First Commandment unwaveringly himself, he could teach in forceful language from a demonstrator's and not merely a theorist's point of view that even a slight letting down of standards, which might cause a darkening thought to slip in and take the place of the Christ in consciousness, is a thief.

Love Heals
May 17, 1941

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