Our Highway

If we are earnestly seeking the understanding of the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," conviction gradually dawns upon us, that many of our disappointments are the result of a misconception of God and our fellow-man; that many of our troubles are caused by entertaining an exaggerated sense of our brother's faults, or of his virtues.

What are we, to demand perfection in others? The best that we can say for ourselves is, that we are endeavoring to conform our lives to the teachings of our text-book, Science and Health. This brings error out from under cover, and too often we gaze with horror upon the uncovered sin of our brother, placidly unconscious of our own shortcomings. We gradually learn to appreciate the labors of the pioneers of this work; to marvel at their courage in blazing the path for themselves and for us. As we realize that the gnarled trees have been hewn down and the boulders removed, we forget to censure them for the clump of weeds, or the unsightly mound, but we stoop and help remove the objectionable feature. Thus the way becomes easier for us all, and Isaiah's word promises fulfilment, "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; ... the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein"

As a ray of light passing through a prism is divided into the various colors, yet all are combined in the pure white light, may it not be that this ray from the Infinite shining through the prism of human consciousness is, to human sense, divided? One seems to reflect more truth, another, more love; one possesses a clearer perception of life, yet the perfect idea embraces all these. How much we need each other. The one who seems to be lacking in truthfulness, may be assisted by the man with a clear perception of honesty and justice. The one so truthful and upright, yet inclined to be uncharitable towards him who occasionally fails to reflect these attributes, may he not be benefited by him who is filled with gentleness and love?

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Stand Still
February 22, 1900

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