Recently a new meaning of the following texts came to me: "First the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear;" and "The last shall be first, and the first last." These passages had clamored insistently at the door of thought during the Monitor meeting held in First Church of Christ, Scientist, London, and as the character of this great daily paper unfolded itself to me, I discerned that this last mighty move by the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science is indeed of paramount importance as a healing and regenerating influence and as a means of preparing the world for this healing and redemptive truth.

A brief historical sketch of the publications helped us to realize that the Monitor is a natural outcome of the Christian Science movement, as its motto so aptly shows, "First the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear." The Christian Science Journal may be likened to a sturdy blade, appearing as a promise even in the midst of winter days; the Sentinel, a sign of more abundant fulfilment; and now the Monitor, which, like the manna in the desert, comes daily with its supply of true thinking; a wise guide, a fearless instructor, inculcating the missionary spirit, turning thought from short-sighted parochialism and merely local interest to the wider vision; teaching the individual to desire and to strive for the establishment of justice, humanity, progress, and peace—irrespective of party, nation, or creed.

November 11, 1911

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