Everyone worships something, some concept of power which he enthrones in his thought. From one's thought of Deity is fashioned his experience. When Jesus met the woman at the well in Samaria, as related in the fourth chapter of John, he helped her to understand the right way to worship God. He said, "Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship." Then he went on to tell her, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

This loving counsel of our Master's has been generally accepted by all Christians, but the full significance of its meaning came with the discovery of Christian Science by Mary Baker Eddy. On page 106 of her book "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy says: "It has long been a question of earnest import, How shall mankind worship the most adorable, but most unadored,—and where shall begin that praise that shall never end? Beneath, above, beyond, methinks I hear the soft, sweet sigh of angels answering, 'So live, that your lives attest your sincerity and resound His praise.'" In these words we see that real worship and praise of God are not found in the rites and ceremonies of formal religion, but in the spirit which motivates and governs the lives of His followers.

In the Bible there are many instances of men whose lives revealed the sincerity of their worship and praise of God. For instance, the three Hebrews stood firm when King Nebuchadnezzar decreed that anyone failing to fall down and worship the golden image which he set up should be cast into a fiery furnace. They refused to bow down to the idol, and so they were bound and cast into the fire. In this experience only the fetters which bound them were destroyed. It was not what the men said but what they did when put to the test that showed what and how they worshiped. Daniel was cast into a den of lions because he refused to obey King Darius' decree that no man ask a petition of any god or man except himself for thirty days. Daniel's devout worship of his God proved to be his protection from the bestial elements of the so-called carnal mind, and he emerged from the experience unharmed.

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August 23, 1952

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