HOPE – Finding your way in the wilderness and a way out of suicide.


From the December 26, 1959 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Could there be anything more comforting and reassuring to one who has lost his way in a desolate wilderness than suddenly to find the way out by coming upon a familiar landmark or seeing a ray of light on a trail leading him to his destination? God’s assurance (Isa. 43:19), “I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert,” was clearly proven by Moses, Elijah, and Christ Jesus.

It is obvious that the way out of any wilderness of despair is always present, despite the statement so often uttered by mankind, “I just don’t know which way to turn.” Like a lost traveler, the seeker for Truth must take his bearings, face in the right direction, and then walk confidently toward the light.

Error may argue lack of freedom, lack of trade, lack of educational facilities, in addition to the old familiar claims of lack of health, lack of companionship, and lack of supply. If we accept any sense of incompleteness, we are apt to find ourselves in a wilderness of uncertainty. Mary Baker Eddy defines “wilderness” in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” as: “Loneliness; doubt; darkness. Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence” (p. 597).

On … memorable occasion we were standing directly beneath the balcony when Mrs. Eddy stepped forward and spoke to the assembled crowd. Although microphone and public address systems were unknown at that time, every word was perfectly and distinctly heard. As Mrs. Eddy uttered the words (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 171), “Trust in Truth, and have no other trusts,” my parents felt a great sense of release, which proved to be the end of their fear of limitation. My mother was healed instantaneously and permanently of a physical ailment.


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