In the prophecy of Isaiah we read: "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." Before we knew of the truth as taught by Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," many of us walked in darkness, because of our belief in material laws, so called, laws of health and of sickness, and that they had power to create and to destroy. The constant dread and fear which this belief brought in its train, made our plight a sorry one by reason of its utter hopelessness. As understanding grows, however, through study of the law of Life as taught in Christian Science, it enables us to demonstrate with assurance and certainty the truth of being, to know that "the flesh profiteth nothing," Spirit alone having all power. Then we are set free from the bondage of fear.

In Science and Health (p. 255) Mrs. Eddy says, "'Let there be light,' is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the music of the spheres." This sentence was brought vividly to thought some time since, when traveling over the St. Gothard railway. The morning was gray and cold, and everything was hidden under a heavy mist that entirely obliterated the mountains. Entering the tunnel under these weather conditions, sunshine seemed very far away. The time occupied in passing through the tunnel was about twenty-five minutes, and as the train rushed along the noise was so great that the travelers with one accord lapsed into silence.

Thought was busy, however, in spite of the darkness and noise, and the writer was reminded of the time when Christian Science was first brought to her notice, when darkness and discord seemed to be in her life. Emerging suddenly from the tunnel, the carriage was flooded with a blaze of sunshine, and we looked out on to a new world. The sky was cloudless, and the mountains stood out boldly, the snow-clad peaks gleaming in the bright sunshine. The hillsides were covered with vineyards, whose leaves, glowing in the rich tints of autumn, contrasted strongly with the dark green foliage of the cypress trees. The scene was impressively beautiful. We had passed out of darkness into light, and we were reminded of the gratitude due Mrs. Eddy for the wonderful revelation of Truth given to the world in Christian Science, making the journey from sense to Soul possible here and now. No matter how dark the outlook, nor how apparently difficult the problem with which we are faced, there is a way out of the bondage of material sense into the light of spiritual freedom and peace. Christian Science shows us this way, and if we are patient and honest in our search for truth, we shall find it and walk therein, reflecting as we go the love that the Father has for all mankind.

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Spiritual Vision
December 26, 1914

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