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27    This unity is reserved wisdom and strength. It builds upon the rock, against which envy, enmity, or malice beat in vain. Man lives, moves, and has his being in God, 30Love. Then man must live, he cannot die; and Love 165 165:1must necessarily promote and pervade all his success. Of two things fate cannot rob us; namely, of choos3ing the best, and of helping others thus to choose. But in doing this the Master became the servant. The grand must stoop to the menial. There is scarcely an 6indignity which I have not endured for the cause of Christ, Truth, and I returned blessing for cursing. The best help the worst; the righteous suffer for the unright9eous; and by this spirit man lives and thrives, and by it God governs.

To First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York

12    Beloved Brethren: — I beg to thank the dear brethren of this church for the sum of ten thousand dollars presented to me for First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Concord, 15N.H. Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for goodness makes life a blessing. As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with 18universal good. Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and 21happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing.

    Human reason becomes tired and calls for rest. It has 24a relapse into the common hope. Goodness and benevolence never tire. They maintain themselves and others and never stop from exhaustion. He who is afraid of 27being too generous has lost the power of being magnanimous. The best man or woman is the most unselfed. God grant that this church is rapidly nearing the maxi30mum of might, — the means that build to the heavens,  — that it has indeed found and felt the infinite source 166 166:1where is all, and from which it can help its neighbor. Then efforts to be great will never end in anarchy but 3will continue with divine approbation. It is insincerity and a half-persuaded faith that fail to succeed and fall to the earth.

6    Religions may waste away, but the fittest survives; and so long as we have the right ideal, life is worth living and God takes care of our life.

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