A Grain of Truth

Most of us are familiar with the parable of the grain of mustard seed recorded in the thirteenth chapter of Matthew; but all may not have realized its underlying deep, yet simple, truths, and the practical availability of these truths to help us in our daily growth in spiritual understanding and demonstration. This parable is symbolic of the method our Master employed in imparting spiritual truth to his hearers. And Mrs. Eddy, in the chapter "Exemplification" in "Retrospection and Introspection" (p. 92), writes, "His order of ministration was 'first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.'"

In our experience, even the first scientific right thought we think, even the first glimpse of Truth we gain, is a grain of truth entering our consciousness, our mental garden. The garden may be filled with noxious weeds—envy, jealousy, resentment, self-will, self-justification, self-love, fear, and various other forms of mortal belief; but when we remember that Truth is all-powerful, and also the Biblical statement, "I will work, and who shall let [hinder] it," we understand the value to the individual of even a grain of truth.

Ample instruction for the care and attention which this young seed needs is provided for us in our textbooks, the Bible, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" and other writings by Mary Baker Eddy, in our Lesson-Sermons, and in our periodicals.

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The Master's Example
December 31, 1927

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