LEAN WITH UNDERSTANDING

"To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings." Many who have read this opening sentence in the Preface to the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, have felt secure and comforted by this promise.

A student of Christian Science was pondering this inspired statement one day and thought, "But this is more than just a promise; it is an invariable fact." She saw, however, that there is work to be done before we reap the blessings. There is a specific condition to be fulfilled: we have to "lean." That, she thought, certainly does not sound as though it requires much effort. To lean does not seem to imply activity at all, but rather a passive state of thought. But it would be inconceivable that the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science should exhort her students to anything but right activity. Moreover, the student reasoned, passiveness could not possibly result in blessings.

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