On the writer's desk an ivy plant grows in a little jardiniere. One day she found the earth in which it was planted hard and dry from lack of moisture, and the little plant limp and wilted. The necessary water was supplied, and in a short time the plant stood up sturdily again, delighting the eye. The thought came that what the moisture meant to that little plant symbolized to some extent what spirituality means to us in our human experience. We can no more stand up under the trials of mortal existence than the little plant can long survive without its native element of moisture, unless the vitalizing influence of spiritual truth permeate our thinking.

The discovery of Christian Science by Mary Baker Eddy found mankind in a sad plight—sick, sinful, dying. Through Christian Science she has given to the world that spiritual truth which alone can bring out the proper results of beauty, strength, unfoldment. The spiritualized thinking of the members of the beloved Mother Church all over the world may be thought of as contributing to our unfoldment and consequent usefulness to the world; and the gratitude for this great healing truth, welling up from their hearts, sends forth into the world a fragrance that must cause many to pause and contemplate this wonder of the age.

In Isaiah we read, "As the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."

Following the Leader
November 26, 1927

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