by Mary Baker Eddy
Everpresent Love is the very nearest thing to me at all times. It is the nature of God to bless and care for me. I never reach out for Him in vain.
Everything that comes to me today brings me a blessing. There is no mortal mind to see me today or know me today. Know and realize that good is omnipotent; evil is impotent. Evil is not power, not Mind, and nobody has any power to accomplish evil of any sort.
There is only one Mind in or near me. Error has no power to inject into my thought any poison, or set in motion any law or action that can interfere with Truth and Truth’s demonstration anywhere within the radius of my thought.
Fear is faith in evil. Courage is faith in good. Doubt is trust in evil. Confidence rightly directed is reliance, is trust in God, good.
According to your steadfastness in excluding evil from thought after you have unmasked it, do you deal with it scientifically, and according to this same steadfastness are you blessed.
To know the what, when, or why of error, is to destroy error. Students love to talk about God, but they will not handle the serpent. Yet the Scriptures tell us, “They shall handle serpents.” We don’t uncover error enough. Error says, “Don’t talk about me, talk about God.” Stand guard against the effort of evil to cause things to happen that will fill you with grief, wrath, or fear, and thus shut out your sense of the allness of God.
God is the only cause. Spirit is the only substance. Love is the only force. Harmony is the only law. Now is the only time. There is no discordant past; no clouded present; no dreaded future. All the past there is to us, is our present consciousness of it. Accordingly, if we can get our present consciousness right, we shall realize our freedom.
Declare for strength and vigor. It is not the doctor’s law you need to handle, but it is the universal law of mortal mind. The physician only recites to you the law laid down to him. There is no law but God’s law.
Ever keep the fact of the allness of God and the nothingness of error before you. There never was a moment when God was not caring for you. Love is all in all, and all power is in Love.
Keep the joy of Christian Science, and a well-grounded hope in your success. Remember, as Truth progresses, error grows more subtle and aggressive, but it does not become something. It always remains an illusion, and is always met and destroyed with the understanding that divine Love is the only power.