TRUE READINESS

One Wednesday evening, after spending a busy day, a Christian Scientist arrived at his branch Church of Christ, Scientist, in plenty of time for the meeting. While walking to a seat, he found himself thinking, Now I'll have thirty-five minutes to rest and prepare for the evening service.

Although this thought seemed natural and good, he quickly recognized it as a subtle suggestion that man is material and imperfect and must go through a time-consuming human process to become refreshed and ready to bless the church meeting. "Christian Science is absolute," declares Mary Baker Eddy (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 242); "it is neither behind the point of perfection nor advancing towards it; it is at this point and must be practised therefrom. Unless you fully perceive that you are the child of God, hence perfect, you have no Principle to demonstrate and no rule for its demonstration."

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