Among the many blessings gained through the study of Christian Science, one of the greatest value is the ability to listen for that "still small voice" of Truth which is ever uttering itself. It is the attentive ear which receives and discerns between the things of God and erroneous intimations. The mental discipline expended in silencing self-will and self-righteousness is always rewarded by the inflow of revelation into consciousness, the putting aside of the veil; and it is only when self is silenced that thought is truly receptive of the word of Truth.

The truths presented in the Bible for our instruction may be read hundreds of times without their deepest meaning being revealed, if one's thought is closed by prejudice, self-righteousness, or self-sufficiency; but to the open mind the "deep things of God" are revealed. I am only one of many who have proven this great fact many times. Recently, when tempted to make a sharp retort in answer to one of its kind, instantly was heard that "still small voice," saying, "The word of God is ... sharper than any twoedged sword." As I listened, thought bounded up, away from the things earthy, for there was commenced the analysis, "Why, the sharpest retort that could be made would be a gentle word of Truth; and a word of Truth is the answer that turneth away wrath." It is needless to say there was left no desire to respond in anger, nor was there any anger to which to respond.

Sunday school work gives one ample opportunity in which to listen for the "still small voice" of Truth, for often in the most unexpected ways and from what might be called the least promising sources will come a question or answer revealing hitherto unknown depths of meaning to a word or pharse many times previously discussed. Great light on the word "beatitude" was recently gained in just this way. In response to a question as to what subject was to be discussed for that Sunday's lesson, came the answer "attitude." The student had failed to prefix the first syllable, but thought was open and ready to receive, therefore there was acquired a far deeper meaning than had ever been entertained before as to the meaning of the word "beatitude"—attitude of be-ing. What deeper, fuller, more comprehensive understanding of this word could possibly be acquired!

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February 8, 1913

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