"The price of Truth"

Any performer would appreciate hearing, "You make it look so easy." He would know what arduous, disciplined practice is required for an "easy" performance.

In a way, Christ Jesus made the performance of living look easy. There is no indication that he had to struggle or strain to feed five thousand people, to still a storm, to walk on the water. Many of the healings he brought about appear to have been effortless. Yet what preceded and followed these "easy" works? The forty days in the wilderness; solitary nights in prayer; the torment in Gethsemane; and the agony of the cross. Each prepared Jesus for subsequent victories.

Today, Christian Scientists are sometimes told by others, "Things always work out well for you" or "Your life seems so free of problems." The fact is that the performance known as the life of a Christian Scientist (and, truly, of anyone striving to express the Christ) is in every case the result of hours, days, years of practice, of deep study and wholehearted prayer.

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Healing through unselfed love
October 26, 1981

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