A "strong tower from the enemy" which each may commandeer


In Isaiah (41: 10) we read, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." The handling of fear, that is, the overcoming of the alarm caused by the erroneous belief that there is a material universe and a mortal man apparently separated from God, good, is the first step in applying Christian Science to any so-called problem.

In the chapter entitled "Christian Science Practice" in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy says (p. 410), "Christian scientific practice begins with Christ's keynote of harmony, 'Be not afraid!'" Our Leader also tells us on page 411 that treatment must always begin by quieting the fear of patients. This applies with equal force whether the patient is oneself or another. Fear is not only the danger; it is the root of all disease as well. When fear is overcome through the understanding of divine Love's allness, the so-called problem disappears and harmony is restored.

The practical value of the truth contained in Isaiah's comforting message is seen in the following experience. In the first year of the United States' participation in World War II, a student of Christian Science was superintendent of a construction job which involved dismantling a large steel-frame building. Because of the shortage of steel and the immediate need of the building for war production purposes, it was being moved to a location hundreds of miles away for re-erection. The dismantling was considered dangerous, as evidenced in the high insurance rates for workmen's compensation.

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June 25, 1949

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