Principle among the Printing Presses

To many a student of Christian Science there has come the realization, often perhaps with the fullness of revelation, that the understanding of divine Principle which heals a sick body is as readily able to heal a sick business. Of the various forms of daily activity, perhaps a newspaper office, with its traditional strain upon the strength and temper of men, might be regarded as offering a challenge as stubborn as any to an understanding which, as stated in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 495), "will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony."

The Sunday editor of a metropolitan newspaper found himself, after several years at his post, functioning amidst a degree of inharmony that took all the joy out of his work. Under the organization plan he was answerable to the general manager, while the heads of five of the mechanical departments were answerable, for the more particular and artistic parts of their work, to him. The Sunday editor found the general manager becoming so unsympathetic and difficult of approach that it was no longer possible to accomplish results in council with him; while the five interlocking mechanical departments were doing slovenly work, their foremen seemingly devoting themselves chiefly to passing the blame to each other. The situation appeared to defy all the usual methods of rectification. The Sunday editor, who had recently become a student of Christian Science, turned more warmly than ever to his textbooks in the hope that he might be shown the way to leave all this discord behind. Suddenly work in another field, which he had long regarded with interested eyes, was offered him, and it seemed to him that very fully his hope had been answered.

That evening he picked up a copy of the Christian Science Sentinel, in which he loved to find the teachings of Christian Science exemplified in human experience, and almost the first article he read dashed his prospect of quick deliverance from his inharmonious post. Through the paragraphs he was helped to see with entire clarity that the true method of ridding himself of an inharmonious condition was not to run away from it, but to overcome it. In Science and Health, on page 410, he found the inescapable statement, "The more difficult seems the material condition to be overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love."

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Song of the Lark
April 26, 1924

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