Mountain Lessons

As the traveler's eyes are lifted up to the great continental divide, he sees towering in all its grandeur that ridge of the Rocky Mountains on whose western slope the rain that falls runs to the quiet Pacific, while that which waters the eastern slope flows into the storm-tossed Atlantic. This dividing line is a constant reminder of the definition of understanding as given on page 505 in our text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. It reads, "Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal." As we gain the true understanding of God and man, we realize that our thoughts either help to swell the great ocean of mortal belief with its elements of passion, fear, pain, sin, sickness, and death, or they find their resting-place in infinite Love, with its joy, courage, wisdom, and calm strength. What a blessing it is to know that there is a divine Principle which teaches us to think righteously!

One peak of this lofty mountain divide is said to be the richest in the whole world, because of the stupendous mineral wealth taken from its depths. The ore was always there, but until recent times men had not learned how to find and utilize this wealth. So the Bible, with its treasures of wisdom and love, was always here, but until Mrs. Eddy gave us the "Key to the Scriptures" which opened them up for practical use, we did not know how to make our own the precious nuggets of comfort and healing. There is no royal road to learning, and as the miner digs and delves for the ore in the mountain, so we must perseveringly strive to gain the affluence of Spirit if we would be "rich toward God," to quote the Master's words.

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