While looking from an open window in a busy thoroughfare of London, I beheld a golden sunset against a cloudless sky on my left hand, and on turning to my right I saw the window of a church bathed in a flood of golden light. At first sight I thought the window was aglow with a light from within, but on turning again to the west I saw it was a reflection of the setting sun that was flooding the window with light. As I stood there, watching the sunset glories till they faded from view, I turned again to the church, and saw it standing there grim and dark, with the erstwhile golden window dull and lusterless. Then my thought turned to that greater light, the light of the Sun of righteousness, which has come through Christian Science and illumined the consciousness of unnumbered thousands, and I gave thanks.

In Science and Health our beloved Leader tells of the wonderful perception which came to her awakened thought. She says, "The Scriptures were illumined; reason and revelation were reconciled, and afterward the truth of Christian Science was demonstrated" (p. 110). Every student of Christian Science can bear her out in this statement, and it is one of the writer's most cherished possessions when some seemingly obscure text of Scripture is illumined with an underlying and beautiful meaning that had never before been discerned. This is the reappearing of the impersonal Christ, who comes individually and silently to those who are steadfastly working in truth, who have the seeing eye, the hearing ear, and whose consciousness is in a measure clear enough to receive the light which "lighteth every man that cometh into the world," unwavering and unchanging good.

Surely it is meet for all to give thanks that there is in our day one who has "gained the scientific certainty that all causation is Mind, and every effect a mental phenomenon" (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 24); who listened with the hearing ear for the angelic voice retelling the glad news to a weary, sin-sick world.

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February 8, 1913

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