Maintaining Our "first love"

For a considerable number of years the writer's work kept him in small and far-distant outposts of the Field, where it was literally a case of building from the two or three gathered together in the name of Christian Science. He often looks back with gratitude to the many helpful lessons learned through having been with one such tiny group until after it had grown into a branch of The Mother Church, and also through having had some part in the early steps of another group which later led to its recognition as a Christian Science Society.

Eventually he joined a Church of Christ, Scientist, in a large city, and he well remembers being warned at that time, now many years ago, by one of its charter members that after a church has been established there is apt to be a letting-down of the enthusiasm and consecration which characterized the earlier days. Experience has since shown him the great importance, both for the church as a unit and for its members individually, of maintaining continually the enthusiasm of the pioneer spirit.

The Christian Science movement has but little more than begun its divinely appointed mission of freeing the world from the belief of life in matter. At the present stage of human thought its most effective and fundamental work lies in the healing of the sick, the sinning, and the unhappy. If this is to be done ever more quickly, more thoroughly, more widely, the consecration, self-sacrifice, and unity are called for in ever-increasing degree. Each new generation of church members should bring to the Church of Christ, Scientist, rejuvenating freshness of outlook and promise, for each has its own vital contribution to make in the upholding and renewing of the living church, which must go on continually.

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The Joy of Forgiving
August 3, 1946

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