Message of the Brook

The whole hillside rejoiced for the little brook. The feathered folk of the forest came to drink of its cool waters, and sang their sweetest songs to its rippling accompaniment. Bright, happy flowers grew along its banks, gratefully reaching their roots toward it through the moist earth. Even dull stones in its pathway appeared as gems in snowy settings of foam. By sunlight and by moonlight the little brook ran on, joyously, tirelessly pouring forth its crystal waters to a grateful hillside. Such a scene might have inspired the thought expressed by our revered Leader, Mrs. Eddy, in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 129): "The oracular skies, the verdant earth—bird, brook, blossom, breeze, and balm—are richly fraught with divine reflection."

As the little brook was one with the "well of springing water" farther up the hillside, so man is one with God, the fountain of all life. And as all trace of the little brook, separated from its fountainhead, would soon have been wiped out by the summer sun, so, of a so-called mortal separated from God, the Psalmist sang: "As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more." On pages 477 and 478 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, we find, however, these words: "Man, divorced from Spirit, would lose his entity. But there is, there can be, no such division, for man is coexistent with God." This fact is forever the basis of scientific demonstration.

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