"Could ye not watch?"

ON a particular Sunday morning while attending our regular church service, I received a great sense of rebuke. The day was a most beautiful one, and with a heart overflowing with gratitude I entered the church. After the first hymn and the reading of the Scriptural lesson for the day, and after the silent prayer, my thoughts seemed to drift away from the service. Seemingly I could not keep my attention fixed upon it. Presently the great desire came over me to glean every word of the truth that was being read to the congregation. The strong words of Jesus our Wayshower came to me, "Could ye not watch?" and with them came the sense of rebuke. Could I not watch during this short interval, when in fact it was my great duty to be ever alert to receive and demonstrate the truth?

The sayings of Christ Jesus are applicable to daily life, and if we will only apply them they will be of much comfort to us. It has also been proved that with the daily applying of the teachings of Christian Science, the greatest obstacles fade into their native nothingness. We should strive to learn spiritual lessons from the many happenings about us. A great and valuable lesson can be learned from the formation of a pearl. Those who are familiar with pearls know that at some time or other a foreign particle has lodged inside the shell of the oyster, thus creating a discordant condition, and as a result of the continuous efforts of the oyster to overcome the consequent irritation, eventually a pearl is formed. In like manner we can all in our daily lives be forming pearls by overcoming the apparent trials and difficulties which confront us.

I can never express in words my gratitude for the knowledge I have of Christian Science, which enables me to discern these lessons spiritually, and for Mrs. Eddy, who has unlocked the Scriptures and has graciously given us the key.

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My Garden
October 25, 1919

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