"The least of all seeds"

AFTER the resurrection, when Jesus brake bread with two disciples at Emmaus, we are told that their hearts burned within them as he opened to them the Scriptures. They then perceived the immortality of the Christ, and were enabled through this experience to follow and to do the works of their great Exemplar, with a clearer vision than theretofore. As in this experience, so we to-day feel our hearts burn within us as we study the Scriptures, together with the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. The light which Christian Science throws upon the Bible makes plain to our understanding the spiritual truths, and they appear actual and attainable. While reading for the first time "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" by Mrs. Eddy, a student of Christian Science was deeply moved and felt warmth of heart as these disciples did. An overwhelming sense of gratitude and love demanded that she should strive more earnestly to demonstrate the teachings of Christian Science,—that she should make some sacrifice, do some great work as a proof of her appreciation for what the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science had done for the world. What a debt she owed this wonderful woman, who had given up all and persistently worked away until she had established upon a firm foundation a church whose mission is to heal and to redeem all mankind.

This desire to do some great work, to make some extreme sacrifice, was very strong, and the student began to ponder by what means she might accomplish this. It must be a task worthy of great effort, she thought,—and several hours were spent in thus contemplating. Then as if some one had spoken, she heard this: "Why, right now, right here under your very eyes there is plenty of work for you to do, if you are in earnest." "Ah, yes," thought the woman, "but what are these things? They are so small, only the ordinary trifles every one is confronted with. I want to do something that really counts." Here the "voice" answered, "What about this irritable and impatient disposition you have not overcome? Here, too, is an obstinate claim of poverty, and a cross and fretful baby, all asking you to apply what you understand of this healing truth and banish these discordant conditions."

The Christian Scientist at College
January 17, 1920

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