The Dawn

Among the many beautiful statements to be found in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," is this: "Life, Truth, and Love are the realities of divine Science. They dawn in faith and glow full-orbed in spiritual understanding" (p. 298). This text has greatly appealed to the writer, and has seemed particularly applicable to her own experience, for to her the dawn of a new day came through faith that divine Love could and would overcome seeming conditions of discord and suffering. As progress was made in the study of the textbook, which reveals the law of harmony, the light grew clearer, and finally there came the understanding that inharmonious conditions have neither reality nor foundation in Truth and are not a part of Life. In this light of understanding they were seen to be but shadows, which soon faded from consciousness.

An illustration of the way in which Truth dawns upon the though came to the writer one summer during a stay in a country home where a beautiful view of hill and valley was spread before the vision. It became customary to wake and watch for the sunrise, and this was found to be a most helpful and inspiring experience. At first all was darkness, the symbol of the unenlightened thought. As the watch was continued the light began to appear, then grew brighter, and objects before unseen revealed themselves. At last, far off on the very tops of the hills, appeared the first rays of the sun, touching the peaks with radiant light and spreading and diffusing until the whole valley was illumined and lay smiling and beautiful in the sunshine.

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