If we earnestly desire to utilize Christian Science in our own lives and to bring Truth's healing message to mankind, we may profitably consider the opening sentence of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. It reads (p. 1), "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love." Here we are told that "a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love," constitute the healing prayer of absolute faith. The demonstration of this absolute faith proves God to be the source and cause of all harmonious activity.

Mrs. Eddy adds in the same paragraph: "Regardless of what another may say or think on this subject, I speak from experience. Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God's gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind." With assurance and conviction she points out to the reader the methods which God utilized in bringing the healing ministry of Christian Science to mankind. "Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation," characterized all of her loving efforts to give her revelation of Christian Science to the world. Ever seeking divine guidance, in which she had "absolute faith," she worked to present to the world pure Christian metaphysics and safeguarded this revelation with the Manual of The Mother Church.

March 7, 1953

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