The Call to Freedom

The following incident taught one student of Christian Science such a valuable lesson that it is being shared with the hope that some other seeker for Truth will be benefited. One day in early summer, a grown robin was teaching a little one to fly. After many successful flights the young bird, in seeming confusion, and in spite of the protesting calls of the parent bird, flew up on the porch of the writer's home and beat wildly for some seconds against the small glass panes in the lower part of the front door, which was at that time closed. The parent bird hovered near, calling and calling; and when at last the little one ceased its wild beating and fluttering long enough to hear the call, it flew away in the direction from which it came, to happiness and freedom. Had the baby bird been able to do that which in its ignorance and confusion it was trying to accomplish, neither happiness nor freedom would have been attained. It was only when the bird ceased its efforts in the wrong direction, that it could listen to and hear the call of the parent robin, who had not ceased to call during the entire incident.

How many times in our ignorance of God, the infinite Principle, Love, and of His infinite manifestation, man, as revealed through the teachings of Christian Science, we beat furiously against the glass panes of wrong desire, fear, self-love, against the panes of life in matter, where Life is not. The "still small voice" of Truth is ever present, and ever seeks to guide us in the right direction, to life "hid with Christ in God." Beating against these panes of false belief, we cannot hear the call that leads to true satisfaction, health, and harmony; and, continuing our efforts in the wrong direction, we would imprison ourselves in the hopeless mire of materiality. When, however, we tire of the struggle, become weary with trying to find reality in unreality, and are willing to "reverse our feeble flutterings—our efforts to find life and truth in matter—and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God," as our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, tells us on page 262 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," we find our way, through the loving ministrations of Christian Science, to real happiness and freedom, even as did the little bird when it responded to the guiding call of the parent robin.

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"No death"
May 27, 1922

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