One day, while studying our text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, my eyes fell on the following passage (p. 540): "The muddy riverbed must be stirred in order to purify the stream." I was then led to ponder somewhat the word "stirred." In order to comprehend in a practical manner its meaning, I began to apply it to the home, and soon discovered many instances where the thrifty housewife finds it necessary to produce a stir before obtaining the harmonious results which she beholds in her mental horizon. Every housewife knows that the purified home has first undergone a stir, and she also realizes that during the process her surroundings may not present the most inviting aspect; but with her gaze resting beyond the evidence of the senses, she continues undisturbed her work of eliminating all that would tend to mar the orderliness, beauty, and harmony of the home. She also realizes that in order successfully to carry on this cleansing work the first requisite is light.

Comparing the above with the operation of Christian Science, or the Christ, Truth, we find a striking similarity, for here too the first requisite is light. While walking in the darkness of materiality no special stir is thought necessary, but when the light of Truth dawns upon the benighted sense it shines upon a consciousness where years of wrong thinking have produced a heavy settling, and since "Christian Science goes to the bottom of mental action" (Science and Health, p. 104), it will be seen that a stir is inevitable before the settlings can be removed. While this cleansing upheaval is taking place, the neophyte in this new world of thought, who naturally is unfamiliar with its ways and methods, may feel that he has cause for discouragement; but the apostle Paul, through his clear apprehension of how the "outward man" must perish in order to have the "inward man," the man made after God's image and likeness, appear, tells us that "our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."

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October 28, 1916

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