The Day's Work

While the problem with many is lack of work, possibly quite as many are finding it difficult to know how to crowd into the short hours of the day the innumerable tasks that present themselves, and to perform them satisfactorily. One student of Christian Science, confronted with the latter difficulty, received much help through study bearing on the day's work, from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Bake Eddy; and the light thrown thus on her problem will be found also to illumine the other.

In the story of creation, as recorded in the first chapter of Genesis, the day invariably consisted of the evening and the morning: "And the evening and the morning were the first day." There was no mention of night. In the Glossary of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy includes in her definition of "evening" (p. 586) "mistiness of mortal thought; . . . obscured views," characteristics of the early dawn as well as of the evening. But as the morning breaks, the mists are gradually dispelled, and the views become clearer. Mrs. Eddy defines "morning" (ibid., p. 591) as "light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress;" and "day" (ibid., p. 584), in part, as "the irradiance of Life; light, the spiritual idea of Truth and Love."

What, then, is the work of the day? Advancing from the "mistiness of mortal thought," through which only "obscured views" of the truth of being are seen,—views are even more distorted than those which we have all seen through the fogs and mists of earth,—is not the work of the day to let the morning light of Truth shine forth, until, little by little, the full glory of the day appears, "the irradiance of Life; . . . the spiritual idea of Truth and Love"? The work of the day is, in short, the realization and demonstration of the truth. Since God is Spirit, man, the likeness of God, must work spiritually. There can be no lack of work for man, if the work of the day is to use the truth. Indeed, the very belief of lack of work provides an abundance of work. The rays of Truth must be focused steadily on the false belief of the absence of good, until it is dispelled or replaced by the assurance that "they that seek the Lord [Truth] shall not want any good thing"—until dawn merges into day.

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September 18, 1926

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