Most people at some time have yearned to reach a goal which seemed to them immensely worth while. When this intense desire has first wakened in them, they have started out with high hopes: their days have been filled and their hearts thrilled with new zest; they have perhaps found the first steps pleasant and easy. And then difficulties have arisen. Sometimes the yearning may have been for a happy companionship which has been severed, or for a loved place which is far away, or for a period of fruition for honest effort and worthy accomplishment. To all these conditions a better acquaintance with God and man, as revealed in Christian Science, can bring healing.

When Jesus of Nazareth first started his public ministry, the multitudes flocked to hear him, but at the cross they fell away. At last his dearest disciples slept, when they should have been watching. "Could ye not watch with me one hour?" Jesus asked (Matt. 26:40). But, as Mary Baker Eddy writes in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 48), "There was no response to that human yearning, and so Jesus turned forever away from earth to heaven, from sense to Soul."

Christian Science is the Science of Soul. It teaches that God is Soul, perfect and complete, utterly satisfied. It teaches, as the Bible teaches, that God made man in His likeness. On page 519 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says, "Deity was satisfied with His work." Because God is satisfied, man, His reflection, is satisfied. God does not yearn, for God has all; therefore man in God's likeness does not yearn, for he too has all that is good, as God's reflection. Man does not yearn for person, place, or thing; man does not even yearn for God, for man is always in His presence and always in obedience to Him. Man in the image and likeness of Soul, the beloved of God, exists always at the point of perfect satisfaction.

May 8, 1948

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