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On page vii of the Preface to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the textbook of Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy writes, "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings." Then it is of the greatest importance to all to gain an understanding of "the sustaining infinite," so that all may lean upon Him, and find their days "big with blessings." To do this, we must turn from the belief that life is confined in matter and controlled by so-called material law, to the understanding that Life is God, and that true existence is therefore spiritual and under the direct control of divine Mind. This understanding is now possible for all through a study of the Bible and our Leader's writings.
If it is our sincere desire to do right at all times and under all circumstances, and if we are striving to progress in the understanding of the truth so that thought may be an unobstructed channel through which good may be expressed we can declare in all earnestness that we are "leaning on the sustaining infinite," depending upon God, divine Mind, to supply our every need; and we may legitimately expect our day to be "big with blessings."
There is always the right thing to do. And when it is our desire to do right, nothing can prevent or hinder us from knowing what it is right for us to do; for right desire is prayer, and true prayer does not go unanswered. We should declare with equal confidence that we have the courage to do right as it is revealed to us, for courage is a quality of divine Mind reflected by man.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." So we read in Proverbs. This trust, which confides all to God, leaving no room for doubt and uncertainty, is not the result of a blind faith in God, but of a demonstrable understanding of Him and of man's relation to Him. It is the recognition that God is divine Mind, and that the real man is His perfect expression. Therefore, by reason of man's relation to God, he cannot for an instant be separated from or deprived of God's loving care; for man is as directly controlled by divine Mind as the ray of light is by the sun.
There is but one way to be rid of fear, mankind's relentless tormentor, and that is through the realization of the powerlessness of evil; through the understanding that God, divine Mind, divine Love, is the only real power, and that man, as the reflection of divine Mind, is ever sustained and protected.
Instead of beginning the day with foreboding, with false beliefs of anxiety, depression, and discouragement, one and all offshoots of the false belief that existence is material, and that man is dependent upon materiality for his supply, his health, his happiness, yes, for his very being, let us with our waking thoughts turn to God, the Giver of "every good gift and every perfect gift," with hearts filled with gratitude for the protection of His might and His great goodness. The false beliefs of the so-called material senses can no more abide in a consciousness filled with gratitude than darkness can abide in the presence of light. Nothing dispels gloom more quickly than gratitude. And gratitude for blessings already received is the best aid to continued progress in the understanding of the truth. When, through being grateful for blessings received, we have cleansed our mental home of the cobwebs of error, of anxiety, depression, and discouragement, so that the sunlight of Truth may shine clearly in our consciousness, we have mentally placed ourselves in the direct line of spiritual reflection. Ingratitude shuts out joy and happiness from our experience and prevents us from realizing man's birthright of harmonious being. The value of gratitude in working out one's salvation cannot be overestimated.
What a burden is lifted when we understand that, because God is All-in-all and in His eternal presence all is wholly good, there is no material past, the memory of which one must carry like a millstone about his neck! A so-called material past was never anything but a discordant, distorted, false sense of existence. It never had any more reality than the discordant night dream, which all regard as illusion.
In his letter to the Philippians Paul writes, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." As we begin to grasp the facts about God and His perfect universe, including perfect man, we learn that we may not only forget "those things which are behind" but also trust the future to God's unerring direction; and then we can look with joy towards "those things which are before," knowing that there is nothing in store for us but good. This confidence in God's unfailing care for His children will enable us to live at peace today, to live a day at a time, and, as the Psalmist says, to "rejoice and be glad in it."
As we progress in the understanding of the truth, we shall at length come to know that God's day the eternal now is the perpetual unfolding of right ideas, the emanations of divine Mind, and that these right ideas constitute the true consciousness of harmonious existence. So we shall finally arrive at the point where we shall dwell in calm confidence that all is well, because we shall understand that the one all-loving Mind, which is God, governs all, from the least unto the greatest, and maintains all in perfect harmony. Then the dawn of the "morning without clouds" will have appeared on the horizon of our consciousness.
Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in "Miscellaneous Writings" (pp. 306, 307): "The Psalmist saith: 'He shall give His angels charge over thee.' God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for to-morrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment. What a glorious inheritance is given to us through the understanding of omnipresent Love! More we cannot ask: more we do not want: more we cannot have. This sweet assurance is the 'Peace, be still' to all human fears, to suffering of every sort."
Then, let us rest in this "sweet assurance," and know that we need entertain no anxious or foreboding thought about the present or the future, but may leave it to Him who holds all "in the hollow of his hand."
Christian Science Sentinel, November 9, 1929
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