I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; and, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come. —PROVERBS, 24: 30-34.

I ALWAYS receive fresh help from thinking that we are all gardeners having our various patches of ground to till. The first demand of Christian Science is Scriptural, "Break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord" (Hosea, 10:12). Hardened by creeds and dogmas, chilled by selfishness and sin, all must hear the voice of one crying in the wilderness "Repent." Weary of all that is fleeting and false, with hearts hungering and thirsting for righteousness, the "fallow ground" is broken up and prepared for planting.

A Convincing Experience
August 3, 1899

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