The beginner in Christian Science sometimes takes groping and uncertain footsteps in the direction of divine Love, and doubt may seem to envelop his consciousness. Where and what is Love? Bereft of the familiar conception of personal love, he drifts in an open sea where no coastline appears to his weary vision. What is it that he must love? Divine Love seems intangible, it makes no impression upon the consciousness; personal love is pronounced unreal, and he is instructed to turn to Principle. But Principle seems to bring no warmth, no love-light to his lately awakened faculties. Principle, as employed in mathematical problems and the calm working out of eternal justice upon the earth, seems a thing to be respected rather than loved.

Mrs. Eddy tells us that "Mind ... must be understood through the idea which expresses it" (Science and Health, p. 467). This gives us at once a working basis. We know that the one Mind, the Principle which we are bidden to understand and to love, is divine Love, and since this Principle must be understood through the idea which expresses it, where is this idea? We are also told in Science and Health that "the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God" (p. 503). Let us examine our thought in the light of eternal Truth, and ask ourselves what it is that we love in the man, woman, or child in whom we are interested? Is it his bodily appearance? Is it his face, his form? The answer is an emphatic "No;" and the clearest proof of its truth lies in the fact that were the material body to be absolutely destroyed, we would go on loving him just the same. No, in the last analysis it is the good in the individual that we love; it is the divine idea manifested through human sense.

March 16, 1912

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