It is well worth while to ask ourselves occasionally whether our understanding of divine law is broadening and deepening, whether we are applying it more widely to the varying problems of human experience and thus realizing more fully its protecting power. The Decalogue contains a statement of law which underlies all human codes that aim to establish righteousness among men, and for this reason the pupils in the Christian Science Sunday schools are encouraged and required to study it diligently. It is surely clear that the pupils and teachers alike should have with each passing year a more comprehensive grasp of the meaning and possible application of the Ten Commandments, for the Spirit which "giveth life" provides for unceasing growth.

This thought was recently taken up in studying the fourth commandment. It was readily seen and admitted that a great change had come over popular thought in respect to the observance of the Sabbath. No longer do professed Christians in general observe the day with the puritanical strictness which characterized many of the religionists of an earlier time, and which appears to be demanded by the letter of the commandment. It is true that we cannot go back to that which has been outgrown,—the man cannot become a child in a literal sense,—but we should see to it that our vaunted breadth really means growth in that which makes for true progress. Does the Sabbath, as we observe it, bring to us real rest, the calm mental atmosphere which evokes inspiration and prepares us for many days of strong purposeful activity? No one can deny that the intent of the Sabbath is the exaltation of the spiritual over the material, and as the other days are so largely devoted to material pursuits which bring weariness and ofttimes disappointment, there is the greater need of turning the gaze in another direction,—from sense to Soul.

November 25, 1911

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