Daylight Saving

The metaphysical effect of Truth on human consciousness is apparent in the movement for daylight saving as in other reforms. In that illuminating chapter of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" entitled Glossary, Mrs. Eddy gives the scientific definition of evening in these words: "Mistiness of mortal thought; weariness of mortal mind; obscured views; peace and rest" (p. 586); and of morning: "Light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress" (p. 591). In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 114), she tells of a most interesting and significant observation made by her in connection with the writing of Science and Health. She says: "What I wrote had a strange coincidence or relationship with the light of revelation and solar light. I could not write these notes after sunset. All thoughts in the line of Scriptural interpretation would leave me until the rising of the sun. Then the influx of divine interpretation would pour in upon my spiritual sense as gloriously as the sunlight on the material senses."

A devoted study of the lives of the leading characters in the Bible, whose experiences and demonstrations are an inspiration for all Christians, leads one to the conclusion that they were daylight savers in the deepest sense. Many times the statement recurs that they rose early in the morning and sought the Lord. It was early in the morning that the "bread from heaven" had to be gathered daily by the children of Israel during forty years in the wilderness, for "when the sun waxed hot, it melted." These people were later taught to make a sacrifice and to bring an offering when help was desired of the Lord. The tenor of the Word seems to indicate that the offering was to be of their most valuable possessions, either from the vineyards, the first-born of their flocks, or "a lamb without blemish and without spot."

A Lesson from Nature
June 22, 1918

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