Sometimes in human experience emergencies arise, when some unforeseen combination of circumstances calls for instant and wise action. Such action must be fearless and definite. This was recognized by a young lad in a Christian Science Sunday School, who once asked: "When you get into trouble and you want to use your Christian Science quick, what do you do first? Where do you start?" The question was a good one and, like all questions relating to the application of Christian Science, it is answered in the Bible and in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, as well as in her other writings. A direct reply to this lad's inquiry is found in the statement (Science and Health, p. 275), "The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind,—that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle."

Here, then, is where Christianly scientific thinking begins. Whenever sudden danger, fear, illness, accident, or confusion may seem to assail, the Christian Scientist turns instantly to God and His allness. In the degree that a realization of God's presence comes into his consciousness, fear goes out. This brings the mental process into accord with Mrs. Eddy's statement (ibid., p. 410), "Christian scientific practice begins with Christ's keynote of harmony, 'Be not afraid!'" If one feels himself too disturbed by error to think clearly, he can at least begin by saying the word God; then he can hold fast to that word until some measure of its healing significance begins to dawn.

April 28, 1951

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