In the Garden

THERE are voices which are best heard in the silence of quiet meditation, and when thought is "absent from the body;" wrapped in the contemplation of God's manifest glory, one may listen to the sermons of the birds, the blossoms, and the bees. Nature holds before our wondering gaze the great panorama of the universe, and he whose lamp is filled with inspiration's oil may read upon this chart the wondrous lessons of Life. From time immemorial poet and prophet have sought the forest aisles, green meadows, and rock-ribbed mountains to engage in prayer and meditation. From these quiet hours have sprung mighty deeds, and earth has been enriched by those who have heard the silent sermon of a flower.

Christian Science is emphatic in its declaration that the objects cognized by the physical senses do not present the true aspect of the universe. When, therefore, a beginner in Christian Science sees a more advanced student viewing studiously and with absorbing interest the manifestations of nature, he is often at a loss to account for this apparent contradiction in thought. However, as soon as it is realized that above and beyond the unreal aspect there is forever the glorious reality, unseen to the physical senses, and that by properly viewing the deflection, some idea of the transcendent reality may be gained, the study of these types and symbols assumes a profound interest. Therefore it is that Christian Scientists look out upon a world teeming with multitudinous objects of entrancing beauty and interest, where before they often beheld what seemed but a charnelhouse of chance and change, where hope lapsed into a mournful reflection that all things are as the grass of the field which withers and passes away.

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