JOYOUS CERTAINTY

A Skater wings his way down the ice and flashes by us, a picture of grace, rhythm, and effortless speed. Behind him another skater, less skilled, is making hard work of it, with jerky strokes punctuated by sudden stops and desperate lunges to regain his balance. Anyone who has learned to skate will tell us that the basic need of the second lad is for confidence, and that if he persists in his efforts confidence will come and he will manifest the joyous certainty of the proficient skater.

As earnest students of Christian Science, most of us are striving daily and hourly to better our understanding and performance of its teachings. But are we going about it with the confidence, joy, and radiant assurance of the outcome which are our privilege and right? Mary Baker Eddy tells us on page 2 of her Message to The Mother Church for 1901, "Absolute certainty in the practice of divine metaphysics constitutes its utility, since it has a divine and demonstrable Principle and rule—if some fall short of Truth, others will attain it, and these are they who will adhere to it."

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