Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
6 Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff, — a broken reed, which pierces the heart. We do not Salutary sorrowhalf remember this in the sunshine of joy 9and prosperity. Sorrow is salutary. Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom. Trials are proofs of God’s care. Spiritual development germi‐12nates not from seed sown in the soil of material hopes, but when these decay, Love propagates anew the higher joys of Spirit, which have no taint of earth. Each suc‐15cessive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.
Amidst gratitude for conjugal felicity, it is well to re‐18member how fleeting are human joys. Amidst conjugal infelicity, it is well to hope, pray, and wait patiently on divine wisdom to point out the path.
21 Husbands and wives should never separate if there is no Christian demand for it. It is better to await the Patience is wisdomlogic of events than for a wife precipitately 24to leave her husband or for a husband to leave his wife. If one is better than the other, as must always be the case, the other pre-eminently needs good 27company. Socrates considered patience salutary under such circumstances, making his Xantippe a discipline for his philosophy.