Each one of us, regardless of his niche here, has to learn that man is never alone. As long as one accepts the belief that "there went up a mist from the earth," he also believes that man was created materially. The material account of creation records the Lord God as saying (Gen. 2:18), "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." The teachings of Christ Jesus and Christian Science are based on the understanding that man is made in the image and likeness of God, as stated in the first chapter of Genesis, and that man is at one with God; hence he is never alone.

One who was left alone and facing what seemed a terrible void was reminded of these words from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 266): "Would existence without personal friends be to you a blank? Then the time will come when you will be solitary, left without sympathy; but this seeming vacuum is already filled with divine Love. When this hour of development comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will force you to accept what best promotes your growth." The statement that "this seeming vacuum is already filled with divine Love" caused her to turn away from the personal sense of the one she had clung to and recognize that the divine qualities which the loved one expressed were hers by reflection.

This recognition of her at-one-ment with God and His ideas came to her as a result of having turned more unreservedly than ever to the Bible and the works on Christian Science for a better understanding of God and man. What seemed to be a period of solitude became the budding and blossoming of spiritual ideas in her consciousness. Not only did the solitude become sweet and satisfying, but the letter and spirit of Christian Science became clearer. Progress Spiritward brought out in greater degree the qualities of unselfishness, strength, confidence, intelligence, love, and affection.

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June 19, 1954

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