Growth in spirituality is the slow undoing of the wrong that has been slowly done. Putting off "the old man with his deeds" is the giving up or forsaking of false beliefs. The continuous dropping of water on a stone finally wears the stone away. Each drop does its part. Every realization of the great fact that there is no error, brings us a little nearer to the destruction of the belief that error exists as an entity. Every declaration of God's allness, made with understanding, is a step toward the light.

The first warm breeze that came from the south last spring announced to the chilled bud the law of life and growth, but the bud made no response. The second warm breath announced the same fact, but the bud still shivered in its cell. The third, the fourth, and perhaps the hundredth wave of the south wind declared to the bud that all creation expresses life. Then the little bud began to open its eyes. The warm rays of the sun came to forward the work of the soft atmosphere, and in due time the bud looked out and into a new world. As the weeks went by it told its own story of life and growth and hope, and at last there appared the pretty June rose—a floral triumph. Step by step the rose had been led out of its cell into the sunlight. Gladdening the world with fragrance, it is a type of the real, for

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