In the eighteenth chapter of Genesis there is related a beautiful incident in which God revealed to Abraham His purpose. It was "in the heat of the day" when in quiet meditation Abraham sat in the door of his tent. Three angels appeared to him, one of whom seemed to be identified with God. The record reads that in the quietness of these moments God told Abraham that his wife, Sarah, would give birth to a child in her old age, as He had promised, and thus assure the continuity of his family.

The voice of God is heard by all who listen for it and who prepare themselves for its pure messages of love, inspiration, and guidance. Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, turned often to divine Love in quiet meekness and expectation and received glorious messages which enabled her to establish her Church on a firm foundation of Truth. Referring to her discovery of Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy writes (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 224): "A higher and more practical Christianity, demonstrating justice and meeting the needs of mortals in sickness and in health, stands at the door of this age, knocking for admission. Will you open or close the door upon this angel visitant, who cometh in the quiet of meekness, as he came of old to the patriarch at noonday?"

The inspiration of this angel visitant—the Christ, Truth—is ever available to those who listen for its voice. The prophet Daniel did this three times a day. His quiet communion with God supported him and enabled him to pass safely through the experience in the lions' den. Our Leader herself retired and prayed regularly three times a day and more often than this when she was pressed by problems. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians (I Thess. 4:10, 11), "We beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; and that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you."

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