Throughout the ages men have struggled, fought, and prayed for that which they considered necessary to sustain human life. In the Sermon on the Mount, our Master, Christ Jesus, said (Matt. 6:25), "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on." But these words have not been generally accepted or understood by mankind. The Master's arresting word picture of the lilies of the field and the fowls of the air, arrayed in all their beauty and fed and sustained without arduous labor, has seemed to many to be but an impractical illustration.

With the revelation of Christian Science, which came through our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, we are beginning to understand and to utilize the lessons taught by our Master in this beautiful parable. We are beginning to find the answer to the problem of how to obtain our daily bread, and we are beginning to know that our supply is a continuous one. God, who is infinite good, withholds no good from His children. Daily, hourly, His loving provisions are poured forth, and our acknowledgment of such continuous supply is the first step toward experiencing it. Abundance is the measure of infinity.

In her Message to The Mother Church for 1900 Mrs. Eddy says (p. 2), "The song of Christian Science is, 'Work—work—work— watch and pray.' The close observer reports three types of human nature—the right thinker and worker, the idler, and the intermediate." In her description of the right thinker our Leader states (p. 3), "He improves moments; to him time is money, and he hoards this capital to distribute gain."

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August 11, 1956

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