That Which Is Within

A certain student of Christian Science, sleeping out of doors high on a western hill, wakened each morning in the winter to see only the bare, black branches of a couple of poplar trees beating back and forth in the bitter wind. One morning in March the branches seemed to be covered with tiny rough places, which later developed into little knots. Soon there came a soft rain, followed by warm April sunshine, and the knots grew to be buds, and suddenly the branches were clothed with a cloud of tender, feathery green.

All of this was a great lesson to the student. She herself was in need of clothing, and was desiring a more beautiful life; and to her came the keen realization that the gaunt, naked branches had been clothed and made beautiful by their connection with the tree, and by the connection of the tree with its root. Nothing from the outside had put the leaves on. They had appeared as a result of that which was within. The lesson was brought home, and she who needed clothing found herself speedily uplifted, enriched, and clothed.

In speaking of a provision of food and clothing Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you;" and he has told us where to find the kingdom of God, saying, "Behold, the kingdom of God is within you." We must seek and find the kingdom of God, then, in our own consciousness, putting down the rule of materiality and serving Spirit alone.

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Love's Protecting Power
November 3, 1917

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