ONE day, while on my way home, I stopped at a fruitstand to make a purchase, and I noticed that the woman who waited on me seemed in great distress. On inquiry I found that her little child, two years old, had wandered away and been gone nearly two hours. An alarm had been sent out, but no trace of her had been found. I tried to speak some comforting words to the mother, although I knew inwardly that the only true comfort I could give her was to realize the infinite protection of divine Love. Returning home, I sat down and for a few minutes dwelt "in the secret place of the most High," seeking to know Love's ever-presence and protection. I felt privileged to pray for this little one, in keeping with the instruction given us in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 90), where Mrs. Eddy counsels us to obey the golden rule. I was then obliged to go out on another errand, and upon making inquiry if anything had been seen of the lost child, the man of whom I inquired immediately exclaimed, "Why, yes; she has been found, and taken home."

I rejoiced that the poor mother's anxiety and sorrow had been relieved, even as we may rejoice constantly because we have been granted a glimpse of this great truth, and can help others by knowing the truth about God and man. This is what I am sure Christ Jesus meant when, just before he was betrayed, he said to his disciples, "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." When we realize what Christian Science is, we all have great joy, and although mortal sense has not changed, this fulness of joy and its brightness comes to us so that we look out upon creation from an entirely different view-point.

November 30, 1912

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