Shakespeare has said that there are "sermons in stones and good in everything;" and the writer recently found such a sermon while witnessing an amateur baseball game in a vacant lot. The game was between seemingly ill matched teams, and the smaller boys lost from the start. They were evidently the better players, but the size of their opponents overshadowed their own conscious ability, and right here the sermon began. Does not any problem we have, mental or physical, seem, at least at first glance, to be bigger than we are? Would it be a problem otherwise? And is not our confusion and fear liable to be in proportion to the seeming size of our opponent?

After a while, a man from a neighboring clubhouse came out and began to take an interest in the game. He was good at heart, for he chose to support the little fellows. As each one came to the bat, the man would tell him not to be afraid; to brace up and play his best, and he could win. The effect on the boys was remarkable. Their faces lost the anxious look; their bodies the tenseness of fear, and their eyes began to look for success instead of defeat. In seeking an explanation of this change, there came these words of Mrs. Eddy: "Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients;" also these: "The moral and spiritual facts of health, whispered into thought, produce very direct and marked effects on the body" (Science and Health, pp. 411, 370).

June 1, 1912

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