[Written Especially for Young People]

On a particular Sunday morning in one of the older classes in a Christian Science Sunday School, one of the girls raised a question. The past week she had engaged in a school activity over which she felt she had prayed conscientiously, but when an unexpected crisis occurred, she had not been present. "Why wasn't I in my right place at the right time when I had worked over it so earnestly?" she wanted to know. "Especially when I had read my Lesson that morning!"

The teacher was silent for a moment, asking God for guidance. She saw an opportunity to point out something that each member of the class must see and understand clearly. She explained that Christian Science is not just a preventive or cure-all for problems that come into our daily experience, but a religion—a way of life—the very law of God. Therefore, Christian Science is not something to be used just on occasions, but it requires daily study and practice as well. At this point a member of the class spoke up and said, "You mean, of course, that we should study the Lesson-Sermon every day." The teacher agreed that this was a very important part of our daily work, pointing out that in the Lord's Prayer we ask for our daily bread and that the weekly Lesson-Sermon provided in the Christian Science Quarterly is part of this daily bread. Therefore the importance of partaking of at least some of this daily bread each day was readily grasped by all the class.

But it was also pointed out that there is more to be done each day than this. The class was reminded of the "Daily Prayer" which Mary Baker Eddy gives us in the Manual of The Mother Church (Art. VIII, Sect. 4). This then is part of our daily work also. Each member of the class was asked to take the Concordances to Mrs. Eddy's writings during the week and look up the main references with regard to daily things to do. The teacher wished the students to understand the importance of living and practicing Christian Science each day, instead of waiting until some crisis presented itself in their human experience.

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November 24, 1951

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