THE world is crying for peace, peace among nations, peace in families, peace in the heart. Is it willing to pay the price for it? Surely all who covet peace would do well to consider what the word peace means to them; what the peace they would have might mean to some one else. Peace signifies a state of quiet or tranquillity, calm, repose, security, ease; to rest in confidence, quietness of mind or conscience, and can one be quiet or tranquil if he is fearful, anxious, disturbed? Has he any right to be, if he has work left undone; if he is harboring any wrong thought?

It has been said many times by those who have put their hands to the Christian Science plow, "I thought by being in Christian Science I would find peace; but I seem to be more disturbed than ever. I find more to do than I ever dreamed there could be." Suppose a room dimly lighted by a faint gleam. One comes in and looks it over. There are easy chairs; the room seems richly furnished, spacious; it appears to be very inviting, very comfortable. He heaves a sigh of contentment and sits down to rest. It is very pleasant in this room, and he is quite satisfied to remain there, thinking he has found just what he long has sought. After a time the day begins to break; the light comes in more abundantly, and with its increase the visitor begins to see that the walls and ceiling are cracked, dusty, stained, and the corners full of cobwebs; the furnishings are shabby, faded, moth-eaten, marred; there is vermin everywhere. What is he to do? Shall he cry for the darkness to hide the defects, or welcome the light that has brought the uncovering? take the means he has at hand, go to work, clean and renovate the room, transform it entire by the right renewing? This will mean work, hard, patient, persistent effort on his part, but does any one question that it is worth while?

August 5, 1911

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