The record of creation given in the first chapter of Genesis is the foundation of Christian Science. Its clear exposition of God as the only cause and creator includes an account of the man of God's creating and gives to him two very important characteristics. The first one is Godlikeness, for man is made in God's image and likeness. The second is dominion and is consequent to the first. It is important for us to recognize and take advantage of man's full heritage, bestowed upon him by his creator.

There are many accounts in the Bible of accomplishments and healings experienced by those who recognized and made use of their God-given dominion. It was through her understanding and use of this same dominion that Mary Baker Eddy was able to show the powerlessness of all material opposition when she wrote the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and founded and established the Christian Science organization, now world-wide in scope. The study of this textbook gives Mrs. Eddy's followers an understanding of God's power and enables them to prove its practicality in bringing health, happiness, and success into their experiences.

That it is necessary, however, for us to recognize and claim our dominion was vividly brought to the attention of one Christian Scientist. Her watch had slipped from her wrist as she got out of her car in front of a market on a busy city street. It was half an hour before she missed the watch, and she started to retrace her steps. By turning to divine Mind for direction and holding to the realization that God's idea can never be deprived of good she was led to go to the spot where the watch lay untouched by passing cars. Shortly afterward a second article was lost, and she thought, Do I have to go through this again? Almost instantly came the reply, No, you have proved that nothing can be lost to God and to His image. And she was able to go directly to the place where the article had been left.

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November 8, 1952

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