Longing for Light

Those who love nasturtiums have no doubt noticed that the flower-stems vary greatly in length. The flowers on the ends of the vines or in sunny locations, while just as bright and perfect, have short stems, while those close to the ground, under the thick leaves or back in shady corners, have long stems. They have had to reach a long way up to the sunlight. At first, the tiny buds down under the leaves must have had little sense of the sunshine. Thick, overhanging leaves shut them in, but they felt the call of the light; they needed it and steadily they grew toward it. One by one they rose above the leaves, and each finally presented its offering of fragrance and beauty. This effort made them the more desirable for service. They had gained by overcoming.

The lesson is obvious. When we first hear the call of Christian Science, to many of us it seems a long, hard way to reach the plane of spiritual understanding. Inherited false material beliefs seem to hide the light to Truth and interfere with our progress, but, like the flowers, we can rise above them all. Indeed, as Mrs. Eddy has said: "Only as we rise above all material sensuousness and sin, can we reach the heaven-born aspiration and spiritual consciousness, which is indicated in the Lord's Prayer and which instantaneously heals the sick." "We apprehend Life in divine Science only as we live above corporeal sense and correct it" (Science and Health, pp. 16, 167).

July 4, 1914

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