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18    To-day, being with you in spirit, what need that I should be present in propria persona? Were I present, methinks 2 2:1I should be much like the Queen of Sheba, when she saw the house Solomon had erected. In the expressive language 3of Holy Writ, “There was no more spirit in her;” and she said, “Behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.” Both 6without and within, the spirit of beauty dominates The Mother Church, from its mosaic flooring to the soft shimmer of its starlit dome.

9    Nevertheless, there is a thought higher and deeper than the edifice. Material light and shade are temporal, not eternal. Turning the attention from sublunary views, 12however enchanting, think for a moment with me of the house wherewith “they shall be abundantly satisfied,” —  even the “house not made with hands, eternal in the 15heavens.” With the mind’s eye glance at the direful scenes of the war between China and Japan. Imagine yourselves in a poorly barricaded fort, fiercely besieged 18by the enemy. Would you rush forth single-handed to combat the foe? Nay, would you not rather strengthen your citadel by every means in your power, and remain 21within the walls for its defense? Likewise should we do as metaphysicians and Christian Scientists. The real house in which “we live, and move, and have our being” 24is Spirit, God, the eternal harmony of infinite Soul. The enemy we confront would overthrow this sublime fortress, and it behooves us to defend our heritage.

27    How can we do this Christianly scientific work? By intrenching ourselves in the knowledge that our true temple is no human fabrication, but the superstructure 30of Truth, reared on the foundation of Love, and pinnacled 3 3:1in Life. Such being its nature, how can our godly temple possibly be demolished, or even disturbed? Can eternity 3end? Can Life die? Can Truth be uncertain? Can Love be less than boundless? Referring to this temple, our Master said: “Destroy this temple, and in three days 6I will raise it up.” He also said: “The kingdom of God is within you.” Know, then, that you possess sovereign power to think and act rightly, and that nothing can dis9possess you of this heritage and trespass on Love. If you maintain this position, who or what can cause you to sin or suffer? Our surety is in our confidence that we are 12indeed dwellers in Truth and Love, man’s eternal mansion. Such a heavenly assurance ends all warfare, and bids tumult cease, for the good fight we have waged is over, and 15divine Love gives us the true sense of victory. “They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house; and Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy 18pleasures.” No longer are we of the church militant, but of the church triumphant; and with Job of old we exclaim, “Yet in my flesh shall I see God.” The river of 21His pleasures is a tributary of divine Love, whose living waters have their source in God, and flow into everlasting Life. We drink of this river when all human desires are 24quenched, satisfied with what is pleasing to the divine Mind.

    Perchance some one of you may say, “The evidence of 27spiritual verity in me is so small that I am afraid. I feel so far from victory over the flesh that to reach out for a present realization of my hope savors of temerity. Be30cause of my own unfitness for such a spiritual animus my 4 4:1strength is naught and my faith fails.” O thou “weak and infirm of purpose.” Jesus said, “Be not afraid”! 3“What if the little rain should say, ‘So small a drop as I Can ne’er refresh a drooping earth, 6I’ll tarry in the sky.’”

    Is not a man metaphysically and mathematically number one, a unit, and therefore whole number, governed 9and protected by his divine Principle, God? You have simply to preserve a scientific, positive sense of unity with your divine source, and daily demonstrate this. Then you 12will find that one is as important a factor as duodecillions in being and doing right, and thus demonstrating deific Principle. A dewdrop reflects the sun. Each of Christ’s 15little ones reflects the infinite One, and therefore is the seer’s declaration true, that “one on God’s side is a majority.”

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