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The attention of a young businesswoman in a large city was attracted by a woman she often passed on the street who always seemed to reflect an inner joy. "It is just as though she has a pleasant secret and knows something good that is to happen," she once said to herself. Later this business girl became a student of Christian Science. She frequently visited a Christian Science Reading Room during her luncheon hour and often saw the woman there. As she progressed in her understanding of Christian Science, she knew that she had found the reason for this woman's inner joy—the knowledge of true worship.
The question is often asked, "How is it that Christian Scientists express so much joy, abundance, generosity, and well-being?" The answer might well be, "Because they know these qualities belong to Spirit and are theirs to claim and express in proportion to their scientific, spiritual apprehension of God and of man in His likeness." The student of Christian Science soon learns to discard the false belief that these desirable qualities are personal traits, or gifts bestowed on a favored few. He progressively understands that spiritual qualities are inherent in man because of his unity with divine Mind, their source. True worship enables men to claim and express the divine qualities, which constitute their real selfhood, and which are the substance of man's being and his immortal nature.
Christian Science teaches that true worship is the constant recognition and demonstration of man's relation to divine Mind, expressed in the amenities and in the overcoming of the vicissitudes of daily living. Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 40), "It is sad that the phrase divine service has come so generally to mean public worship instead of daily deeds."
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OUR FIRST TENET
RICHARD P. VERRALL
THE SPOKEN OR WRITTEN WORD
SUSAN F. CAMPBELL
JOHN D. PICKETT
HEALING IN THE MARKET PLACE
GRACE K. STICHT
FREELY GIVE AND ABUNDANTLY RECEIVE
ALFRED MARSHALL VAUGHN
MAN'S HERITAGE OF SPIRITUAL CONSCIOUSNESS
THE DIVINE DEMAND
Eleanor L. Shepherd
INDIVIDUAL ENTERPRISE AND INITIATIVE
Richard J. Davis
Robert Ellis Key
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H. Frederick Lesh, Jr.
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Violet E. G. Wood
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John H. Baker
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Hendrika Kalshovenvan der Brug
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Dorothy Wagner Kemp
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Laura T. Carter with contributions from William A. Carter
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Marie H. Macgill
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