Throughout the life of Christ Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels, we find frequent reference to his Father's will and to the desire to do and to obey this will instead of his following mere human desire. The Master gave us these words in the Lord's Prayer (Matt. 6:10): "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." He once said to his disciples (John 4:34), "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work." And in the hour of struggle in Gethsemane he prayed (Luke 22:42), "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."

Reared in a deeply religious atmosphere, our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, was taught from early childhood to love and obey God and to look to Him for guidance. The authorized biographies of Mrs. Eddy, available in all Christian Science Reading Rooms, contain inspiring accounts of her early receptivity to the truth. After her discovery of Christian Science, in each step of the work of establishing the great movement of which she is the acknowledged Leader, she waited until she was divinely inspired and directed.

On page 206 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy makes this arresting statement: "The power of the human will should be exercised only in subordination to Truth; else it will misguide the judgment and free the lower propensities." And in many other places in her writings she reiterates the importance of placing God's will first.

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January 14, 1956

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