"As the small rain"

What is more beautiful in the morning sunshine than the diamond-like sparkling drops of dew? And what descends more imperceptibly upon the tender branch than the dew? The hot sun may beat upon the plant, apparently withering it; but in the silence of the night the moisture steals forth, touching and refreshing each drooping leaf. Another trying day may come and go, but the strength gained through the dew remains.

Was not this hushed manner used to symbolize the divine activity, in Moses' song given in Deuteronomy: "My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass"? And is not this the way of Christian Science? Gently, ceaselessly, through even the darkest hours, its life-giving work goes on; imperceptibly, it may at times appear, but upon every corner of the earth this new-old doctrine descends as "rain upon the tender herb."

The very name, Christian Science, arrests attention. None save a fearless thinker would have been guided to choose it. Faintly to grasp the idea that Christianity can be scientific immediately brings a refreshing stimulus to jaded human sense. In innumerable ways the doctrine of Christian Science is falling like dew on an arid world. In times of seemingly overwhelming danger, it is glorious that Christian Science lifts up those who unflinchingly declare for God's power, presence, and goodness.

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December 8, 1928

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