Girded with Gladness

Nature's symbol of renascence could never have been more deeply welcome than it is this spring. It is the message of rebirth, which girds the earth with gladness each year and is felt by all, consciously or unconsciously, from the little child, running eagerly over the wakened meadow for the first dandelion, to the sagest philosopher, glancing from his books toward the blossomy branch that beckons him beyond his study window. The sweet breath of burgeoning, the color creeping through the landscape in misty gold of forsythia spray, and reddening hedgerows, and greening birches,—all are lovely signs of awakening, freshness, newness, and may typify to mortals the true rebirth.

Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has said in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 129), "The nod of Spirit is nature's natal." She knew the real universe to be the reflection of Spirit, Mind, made up of divine Mind's perfect and indestructible ideas (of which the material world is but a faint counterfeit), and the true, transcendent gladness to be drawn from those glories which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man—the material sense—imagined,—the glories that await only those who love the one God and acknowledge Him, Spirit, to be the Maker and substance of all that exists, at whose creative mandate reality appears.

May 20, 1922

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