[Written for the Sentinel]

Incentive

"Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching."—Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 454.

In love for God and man, we find incentive trueTo heal and save; burdens to lift;To see beyond the pale of mortal ken, and lookWithin the veil, where, Love-enshrined,The child of God is seen, all pure and undefiled,All holy, gentle, Christlike, fair,Till what's unlike the Father fades,—becomes a myth,Illusion, phantom, fantasy,Mist-woven by vain mortal thoughts.And whence come they? Not true thoughts these;dream-shadows all;And dreams? Ah, what is dreamed, at dawnDoth vanish—lo, 't is not! And now behold, inlight of glorious day,The image clear of radiant Life, well-pleasing son, beloved—And heir of Father-Mother, God.

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