"Crumbs of comfort"

ON page 234 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy writes, "Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love—be it song, sermon, or Science—blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ's table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty." Some beginners in Christian Science go through seeming difficulties in trying to get understanding and perhaps the experience of one may help others.

When I first read the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, I did not seem to be able to grasp anything tangible from it to work on. It all seemed to me a beautiful theory until I later learned that I had to put it into practice and demonstrate it to gain its wonderful fruition. After several weeks' desultory reading I opened the book one day at page 469 and read the question, "What is Mind?" and its wonderful answer. As I read it and the truth dawned on me, I realized that I must first think rightly,—that is, understand my way into the kingdom of heaven, which is really at hand. I found at first that one does think rightly perhaps once or twice a day, but that during the rest of the time the thoughts wander willy-nilly. It is astonishing, however, to see how with the study of the Lesson-Sermon one does learn to pull one's self up gradually and form a steadier habit of right thinking, until with spiritual growth, help, and study one forms the habit of thinking rightly all the time and with a steadiness that surprises even one's self. It is all practice; and practice makes perfect.

Distinguished Service Order
August 14, 1920

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