Lately, when listening to lovers of art discussing the relative values of certain paintings representing tired humanity, the thought came to me that if this same appreciation could be demonstrated in meeting the human and spiritual needs of those living subjects, there need be no heavy hearts and tired faces. A loving touch here and there, a little lightening of the shades, a different point of view, an artistic finishing: these would transform the model's expression of despair to one of hope and peace,—one that would be forever pictured upon the watch-tower of the heart of him who had learned the true art of loving, living, and giving from the great artist.

In Christian Science one learns not to trifle in coldly asserting the divine Love always has met and always will meet any human need (Science and Health, p. 494), unless willing and ready to be the avenue through which divine Love can work, for the committee work usually has to be promoted by the one who dares to make the motion. If the glaring head-lines in our daily papers could only be those making for peace and purity, the pictures would encourage the artistic journalist and reader to work out that expression in the heart and lives of those who have never been touched by this hopeful side of life, thereby lessening the picturing and copying of crime and immorality and increasing the momentum of good.

Surely it is high time to awake out of sleep, for God is speaking peace to His people so clearly that now there seems to be almost a millennial wave, and sentiment so strong that even "the very stones" cry out for its perpetuation, and proving, as my father once said in a sermon preached many years ago, that "there is a spiritual, a divine Science, as far superior to the higher human intelligence as the most profound works of modern science are superior to the intelligence of an infant school."

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September 5, 1908

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