Repose and the Larger View

He who has learned to bring the greatest spiritual truths into touch with the so-called lesser things of life, has discovered the secret of the solution of his problem. One is always quickened, made more thoughtful, by his nearness of approach to great ideas, great events, great natural objects, and great men. Lincoln is said to have begotten in all who came near him the feeling awakened when one approaches a mountain, and this sense asserts itself most keenly when one comes to realize that he has laid hold upon the things that are eternal, the law of God, the power of Truth.

Mrs. Eddy has expressed this in an unforgettable way when, in the very first lines of her introduction to Science and Health, she says, "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings." God, divine Truth, Life, and Love, is this "sustaining infinite," and it is our right apprehension of Him, brought into corrective relation with human experiences, which transforms the otherwise burdensome and commonplace and enables us to ascend upon the steps of discarded errors,—our "dead selves."

Christ Jesus thus correlated all things with his Father, even as did St. John with Love, another name for Deity. How hard he tried to make his disciples understand the nearness, the kindliness, the available interest of God! Apart from Him, nothing was to be seen, considered, undertaken, or experienced. Every least thing in their lives was to be linked in thought to the greatest thing in the universe; and this is the teaching of Christian Science, that in every event, every call to minister, every request for judgment, every home requirement, every demand of communal fellowship, every recreation and amusement, we are first to "ascend into the hill of the Lord," and "stand in his holy place;" that we may gain the divine view-point and form a true estimate of values. Thus companioning with the highest, noblest, most spiritual sense we have as yet gained, we link the less to and make it conform with the greater.

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Things Contrary
July 11, 1914

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