One day when my brother was out hunting, and a long way from camp, he became aware that he was lost. Now any one who has ever been lost in the woods will know that this was no pleasant experience. My brother carried a compass, as nearly all hunters do, and of course the first thing he did was to consult it. After taking his bearings, he started in the direction that he should go. He noticed at the time that north seemed south and east seemed west, but having learned in the past to place confidence in the little needle that always points to the north pole, he felt sure he would be led out of his difficulty. He commenced to travel in what seemed the true course, only to find, after several hours had been consumed, that he was at the place from which he had started. He had traveled in a circle. What did he do—become discouraged and lose faith in the compass? No; he knew that while he might have gone wrong, the compass must be right and it still pointed due north. So once more getting the right direction, he started for home. This time, however, he adopted a new method ; instead of carrying the compass in the recesses of his pocket, he kept it in his hand so that he could consult it often, and by following this plan he arrived home safe and sound before evening.

Does not this experience illustrate that of Christian Scientists in working out of material bondage, in the journey which we are traveling from "sense to Soul"? By consulting personal sense instead of the truth, do we not at times become bewildered in error, and find ourselves traveling in a circle? Mrs. Eddy says, on page vii. of the preface to our text-book, Science and Health, "The Wisemen are led to behold and follow the daystar of divine Science, lighting the way to eternal harmony." Do we fully realize that we have in our text-book the true spiritual compass that always points to God, good? Do we carry it with us and consult it often? How many times do we have to stay all night in the woods of mortal belief, when we could just as well be in our Father's house, enjoying its shelter. Let us remember we are "Wisemen" only in so far as we follow the "daystar." Surely we should rejoice at every step of our journey, with increasing love for our dear Leader and with unmistakable proofs that our lives are governed by Science.

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December 8, 1906

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