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A BLESSING, NOT A BURDEN

From the September 1948 issue of The Christian Science Journal


With most of us our days as little children with our human fathers and mothers still remain in our hearts—a grateful memory. We recall how they cared for us in our infancy, guided and shaped our character as we grew, and stood by us during the storm and stress of our later years. We must have tried their patience many, many times, but our peculiar modes of reasoning were always met with that quiet understanding which was ever ready to make allowances for the almost unbelievable conceits of youth.

Some who read these lines may never have known the love of a mother or a father, or even the joy of a happy home. If so, they more than all others need to be told that they will find in Christian Science a Mother more loving, more tender, than even the best of human mothers, and a Father who is always saying (Luke 15:31), "Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine." Keeping an abiding sense of man's unbroken and unbreakable relationship with God, even in the darkest hour of our lives, when the fiercest elements of earth may seem let loose to destroy us, we can turn to our Father-Mother God and find ourselves in our real home—divine consciousness—enfolded in Love, which "never faileth."

Christian Science teaches that man, the son of God, being spiritual and not material, can never express, possess, or experience anything unlike Spirit, the source of his being. No phantoms of fear, pain, sorrow, sin, or limitation of any kind can reach man, because he is "hid with Christ in God." He dwells in a realm where all is well, because all that really exists is God-made, God-bestowed, and God-directed. The only power in this spiritual universe is the power of divine Love. Thus there is no so-called wicked mind to send forth its fallacious arguments that evil is real, is here, is happening, has happened, or is about to happen. Evil is materially mental darkness, but just as there is not enough physical darkness in all the world to put out the light of a single candle, so the totality of evil cannot extinguish a single good thought.

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