"O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy" (Ps. 107:1, 2). So sang the Psalmist. As the student of Christian Science gains, by degrees, a greater understanding of this Science, he also acquires an increasing appreciation of its Discoverer and Founder, Mary Baker Eddy. He recognizes more and more fully her tremendous spiritual achievement, not only in revealing the Christ, Truth, to us but in founding and organizing The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, with its many branches and activities throughout the world. He learns to evaluate the many facets of the work our Leader accomplished, ever discerning a little more of the immense wisdom and spiritual purpose which lay behind each decision she made, each activity she instituted.

Not the least of these provisions is the opportunity for testimonies at the Wednesday meetings in The Mother Church and all its branches, as well as in the Christian Science periodicals. Through these channels every student may share his unfolding experience with others. In the Manual of The Mother Church Mrs. Eddy states in part (Art. VIII, Sect. 24): "Testimony in regard to the healing of the sick is highly important. More than a mere rehearsal of blessings, it scales the pinnacle of praise and illustrates the demonstration of Christ, 'who healeth all thy diseases' (Psalm 103:3)." Thus it becomes evident that our Leader's intention was for the student who has already experienced something of the wonderful healing and regenerating effect of Christian Science to scale "the pinnacle of praise" by sharing his experience with those needing encouragement and healing.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 574), "The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares." Most students of Christian Science have the priceless experience of realizing that what seems an unhappy and discordant condition always provides an opportunity for further demonstration of the activity of divine Love. No untoward condition need be without its angel message, even though this angel may at first he "entertained unawares." We read that when Jesus had faced and overcome the temptations of the devil, "angels came and ministered unto him" (Matt. 4:11).

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