The Little One

IT is the common experience of Christian Scientists to be grateful. If their gratitude is not the result of some specific demonstration over illness, sin, poverty, or inharmony of any nature, there are manifold instances when they recognize and are grateful for unfoldment,—a daily, hourly experience to those who are working under the guidance of Truth. The Word is ever unfolding to bless. As if to prepare through for the true wonders of the World, even words have a way of unfolding.

Does anyone think that when Jesus said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of heaven," he meant to exclude the grown people? Obviously not. He knew, and we are learning to know, that there are little children in all states and stages of unfoldment. Those like unto little children are of the kingdom of heaven. How shall we find them? We have not far to go in our search, for the meaning of the word "little" begins to unfold to us.

If we, as Christian Scientists, see not the little one in our own consciousness, it is time to stop and question ourselves. The little one is humble. Let each ask himself, Do I find humility in myself? The little one is dependent on Father-Mother God. Again, Am I conscious of this sweet dependence? Self-righteousness plays all kinds of tricks to hide from us the little one in our own consciousness and in that of others. In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 130) Mrs. Eddy writes, "The greatest sin that one can commit against himself is to wrong one of God's 'little ones.'" How is this too often done? By a depreciation or an undervaluing of one's true self; by a false estimate of man; by not appreciating the right motive; by failing to recognize the proportion of our acts which are right.

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"Peace, be still"
September 6, 1919

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