PROMISE OF LIFE

One of the compensations of the smoky English town where the writer lives is the spring collection of modern pictures, which is open to the public free during that season of the year, when the promise of life is renewed in many a lesson which these pictures have to tell. Here the crowded denizens of the industrial world may find treasures of joy and hope which their busy life in the mills sometimes seems to have quite exhausted; and here, too, the earnest student of the Science of Life will find food for reflection.

Such was our experience on a recent Sunday afternoon. We were returning from Sunday school, and the day not being favorable for our accustomed walk, at the doors of the art gallery the children turned with the natural request, "Oh, let us go in to see the new pictures." We did so; but who can tell the joy and surprise of our discovery, on coming into the large room, of a picture in oils, hung in a most prominent position, the theme of which was a building that bore the look of familiarity. I could scarcely believe my own eyes, but on borrowing a catalogue from a friend who stood near by, there, sure enough, was the title: "Christian Science Church, Sloane Square" (London). I had not seen the building itself, but was familiar with its outlines through drawings and illustrations, and to find a painting of it in our own public gallery was a joy indeed. It was only the work of a moment to share this unexpected discovery with our friends who were in the room at the time, and to call the children to see another "miracle in stone" (Pulpit and Press, p. 8), which some day will have a larger meaning for them, as it will also for others who may see it in this room for the first time.

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