In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 234), "Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love—be it song, sermon, or Science—blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ's table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty."

Picture a rocky hillside on a little island in the Aegean Sea. It is a bright August morning; the day is hot and cloudless, the scent of aromatic herbs rises from the soil. On the hillside, ranged in a circle, sits a group of officers and men belonging to a combat force. In the midst of this group stands a Protestant chaplain conducting a Sunday morning service for the troops.

Included in the group is a student of Christian Science. The early dawn had found him busy turning the pages of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, studying the weekly Lesson-Sermon as found in the Christian Science Quarterly, fortifying himself for the ordeal through which he felt he was about to pass. He was not unwilling to be with his comrades, although the church service was different from the one he was accustomed to, as held in a Church of Christ, Scientist. He felt he had something to contribute spiritually as well as something to gain. So there on the sun-baked earth he sat and listened intently as the chaplain announced his text, which was taken from Romans (8:35): "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?"

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