Enlisting for the Duration

[Of Special Interest to Youth]

Many boys and girls feel a great patriotic urge to do all they can to help win the war for righteousness. One hears frequently of some boy or girl who bemoans the fact of being too young to enlist; yet no one is ever too young to enlist in the warfare of Truth against the illusions of error.

Every pupil enrolled in the Christian Science Sunday School has enlisted to combat to the best of his understanding whatever would oppose God's government on earth as in heaven. This is true because Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, and our beloved Leader, has told us (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 450), "The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good."

David, when a youth, was sent to carry food to his brothers who were engaged in the struggle against the Philistines. Naturally interested in the struggle, David went to the battle front, where he heard their champion's boastful challenge. Then, with faith in God and in his own prowess, he went forth to meet the giant, Goliath. His innocence and firm faith in God permitted him to overcome the formidable foe simply and easily, with no harm to himself. Even so, the young student of Christian Science can meet the problems which appear to assume giant proportions, when he sees that evil is always merely a suggestion, and hence is not true and has no power.

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A Soldier's Prayer
August 21, 1943

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