IN the early stages of his experience in Christian Science one is likely to think that when he has sufficiently grown in grace, purged his own consciousness of very evident errors, that his life will be one long uninterrupted harmony. Friends and neighbors, tradesmen and traveling crowds will all fall into line, and through him demonstrate the universal brotherhood of men. From such a view-point there is a later discrepancy which is often bitter, and one has patiently to readjust his approach to what we call the wear and tear of daily life.

In the confusion of this state of mind, an article purporting to point out how the unlovable could become lovable and the insufferable sufferable, was hungrily read by one of the "weary wanderers, athirst in the desert," of whom Mrs. Eddy writes (Science and Health, p. 570); but to that consciousness it failed to make its point, and the unlovable and the insufferable remained. To begin with, he found, after leaving the heights and descending with surprising swiftness into the valley, that the purging of his own consciousness was not the work of a moment, and he decided that if the redemption or even amelioration of his surroundings was only to be gained through his own spotlessness, it would be some time before his affairs would be adjusted. Mrs. Eddy says, "The new birth is not the work of a moment. It begins with moments, and goes on with years" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 15). In his disheartened mood these words were more bitter than encouraging.

September 16, 1911

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