The Morning Meal

Early in her experience, the writer began the daily systematic study of the Lesson-Sermons. Although she earnestly desired steady growth in the understanding of Christian Science, the importance of placing this study first in the day's duties had not yet been revealed to her. In due course she applied for membership in a branch church. When the question was asked, "Do you study the Lesson-Sermon daily?" she answered eagerly: "Oh, yes! And I love to read it at the end of the day, when I return tired from my work. I find it so refreshing." The questioner smiled lovingly and remarked. "If you put the Lesson-Sermon before your day's work, you would not return tired."

This advice was heeded, and the early morning study has proved a powerful defense against aggressive suggestions An interesting experience is recalled in connection with this practice. The writer was spending the week end in the home of a friend. On Sunday, after the evening meal, there was a disturbance in the kitchen, and the master of the house summarily dismissed both native servants. The hostess looked dismayed at the prospect of the morrow, when she would have to face the household duties unaided.

Early next morning the writer awakened with memories of the previous night's incident and a desire to be of use. Her first impulse was to neglect her study of the Lesson and offer her services in the kitchen, but the "still small voice" urged her to turn first to her books. She read the first section prayerfully, and then decided that she was now free to help her friend: but like a voice, came the gentle command, "'Put on the whole armour of God " She could not but obey. When eventually her hour's work was over and she ventured outside her room, she found that one of the servants had returned and was happily at his usual duties, as though nothing untoward had occurred.

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February 16, 1946

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