Good cannot be postponed. The source of all good is God. and He is forever manifesting Himself; at the hour when we turn to Him expectantly He is here to bless us. The cripple whom Jesus healed at the pool of Bethesda waited thirty-eight years for relief which never came. His experience was suddenly transformed from plaintive self-pity to rejoicing when he listened to the Master's command, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk" (John 5:8). Outwardly the scene had not changed. The pool with its shadow of mystery was still there; the "multitude of impotent folk" was still there; the five porches were still there. What had taken place to bring about the healing? Only this: the Christ had come. To the sorry picture presented by the physical senses our Master's spiritual insight conceded neither a past, a present, nor a future. A responsive intuition awoke within the heart of one sufferer, at least. The time for healing had come, because the time for health and vigor is always now.

The teachings of Christian Science are written in the present tense. One has only to turn to any page of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy to become aware of this. Every student of Christian Science needs to keep vigilant watch to make sure that he is shaping his own conclusions accordingly. The very first sentence in the Preface to Science and Health (p. vii) reads, "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings." The illusions of time and space, will-o'-the-wisps of sense, beckon us endlessly on with glittering promises toward future goals which we shall never reach. The time has come to accept good as the present fact, in the very spot where we are standing now.

Soon after I began to study Christian Science, a neighbor asked me to heal a member of his family of a physical ailment. Foolishly I allowed myself to be impressed by the supposed history of the disorder. It had continued a long time, and while the condition was not thought to be dangerous, medical cures were believed to be exceptional. With all the sincerity and earnestness I was capable of, I began to treat the patient. With intermissions my work continued for three years without noticeable benefit. It was not until then that I awoke to discern the error which was beclouding me. I saw that I had been blindly accepting the argument that here was a sick mortal whom Christian Science was not likely to heal quickly, if at all. No sooner did this revelation appear than the mistaken view of man was blotted out. A complete healing followed immediately.

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March 15, 1952

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