The Outstretched Arm of Love

In her Message to The Mother Church for 1901, our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, says (p. 1), "Beloved brethren, to-day I extend my heart-and-hand-fellowship to the faithful, to those whose hearts have been beating through the mental avenues of mankind for God and humanity; and rest assured you can never lack God's outstretched arm so long as you are in His service." In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 183) she writes: " 'Who hath believed our report?' Who understands these sayings? He to whom the arm of the Lord is revealed; to whom divine Science unfolds omnipotence, that equips man with divine power while it shames human pride."

When the student of Christian Science considers, even a little, the meaning of omnipotence, there begins to unfold to his thought that humility which alone can reveal the divine all-power with which he is equipped. He can no longer passively accept the ministrations of Science for his own good alone, but must actively accept the truth and express it in helping others. He knows that a Christian Science church furnishes many avenues of service; and if he is not already a member, he takes progressive steps to become one. He does this not only for his own protection and growth, but to further the Cause which has so abundantly blessed him.

The Church is fulfilling its purpose in bringing the truth to those who are seeking for it. There are individuals in every community who are hungering and thirsting for something better than they have thus far experienced. There are many who are receptive to Christian Science when they learn what it teaches. Paul said: "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?"

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"What lack I yet?"
October 10, 1942

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