Readers of the "Voices of Spring" in Mrs. Eddy's "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 329) cannot fail to be impressed with two facts,—the writer's poetic sensitiveness, that interest in beauty of form, color, and arrangement which she defines as her "obstinate penchant for nature," and her freedom from the mesmerism of materiality, her ability to look within and beyond appearances and grasp the realities of being in a way which brought her, as it will bring all who are thus minded, spiritual betterment as well as pleasure, daily growth as well as daily delight.

It has been said that the natural world makes an enduring impression upon him who is at his best. This is peculiarly true of those who through spiritual alertness are able to interpret it, as did the Master, in terms of spiritual reality, who have schooled their thought to rest, not upon the seeming, but upon the actualities of being. To be moved sentimentally or emotionally by the appeals of material sense is a common experience, but to gain spiritual stimulus through one's touch with nature's "sweet simplicities," the impulse to live ideally and heal the sick,—this is the guerdon of those only who maintain a Christianly scientific thought. By such, the "things invisible" of Truth arre clearly seen; for them "the heavens" are spiritual realities which ever "declare the glory of God," and unnumbered events and experiences which to the many remain soddenly sensuous, though thought of perchance as good and beautiful, are invested with a new and inspiring significance. They have become suggestive of eternal verities.

May 25, 1912

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