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IN GOD'S HANDS

From the May 1952 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Christ Jesus declared (Luke 18: 27), "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." On the cross, that prelude to his greatest victory over evil, his last words were (Luke 23: 46), "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit."

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, also learned to place absolute reliance upon God and to find safety therein both for herself and for her Cause. In her Message to The Mother Church for 1902, after referring to a time when she was threatened with bodily injury, she says (p. 15), "I leaned on God, and was safe." On page 20 of "Pulpit and Press" she relates the dangers which beset The Mother Church in its formative period and describes the steps she found it necessary to take to reform the church and place it in the hands of God. "Thus committed to the providence of God," she writes, "the prosperity of this church is unsurpassed. From first to last The Mother Church seemed type and shadow of the warfare between the flesh and Spirit, even that shadow whose substance is the divine Spirit, imperatively propelling the greatest moral, physical, civil, and religious reform ever known on earth. In the words of the prophet: 'The shadow of a great rock in a weary land." " Since then more than half a century has passed, but The Mother Church, committed to God's care, has endured as a refuge and a strength and is more and more proving itself to be "the shadow of a great rock in a weary land."

Students of Christian Science, searching their Leader's writings for guidance and a greater understanding of man's oneness with God, find that the very foundation on which this teaching rests is the fact that God is Spirit and that Spirit is the only reality, the one true substance. The Scriptures make plain that God cannot be known materially. Mrs. Eddy, in "the scientific statement of being," declares (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 468):

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