The Declaration of Independence

The people of the United States celebrate each year an Independence Day, a day marking a milestone in the world's progress, inaugurating as it did one of the highest forms of government known to history. The fifty-six men whose names are attached to the great paper, the Declaration of Independence, could not have glimpsed the future of the country that their deed helped to establish. Nevertheless, they were used by God in bringing a plan of justice and liberty to their country.

Now, as the years have established that plan and placed spiritual ideas of freedom and equality firmly in our midst, it is the sacred duty and joyous privilege of every citizen to know that this great work, inspired and sanctioned by Principle, can never be annulled, nor can the advantages it brings ever cease to be available to bless us in the future as in the past, if we place proper reliance on divine Truth. "For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?"

Another event, bringing an end to abuses inflicted on our liberty, came about a century later when Mary Baker Eddy discovered and founded Christian Science and wrote in its textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 106), "Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence." An intense yearning had filled her heart since childhood to lift the burden from suffering ones. Her desire was unselfish prayer, and so it was heard and answered by the Parent whom she rightfully calls Father-Mother God, and whose presence she felt as the all-hearing Love, rewarding every righteous supplication.

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The Sixth and Seventh Beatitudes
July 3, 1943

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