STEADFAST ABIDING

Everyone abides somewhere. Where one abides and why he abides there have much to do with his happiness and progress. Financial necessity or family demands may seem to determine one's dwelling. But, fundamentally, abiding is a mental act. One abides where one's thinking rests. Christian Science teaches that man in the image and likeness of God abides forever with and in God—that he can never get beyond the reach of all-inclusive divine Mind.

One of the truths that makes the ninety-first Psalm loved by so many is found in its first verse, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Here the word "abide" denotes something more than a mere transient sense of dwelling occasionally with God. It indicates, to the Christian Scientist, man's uninterrupted and permanent coexistence with his divine Principle, Love. In this coexistence there has never been a lapse.

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