Life's Music

On a Sunday morning, as one sat in the auditorium of a Christian Science church awaiting the time for the service, a shaft of sunlight fell across the stillness and rested upon the mute pipes of the great organ. After the lapse of a few moments, the whole building seemed to be flooded with music. Then came the realization, as never before, that the most magnificent instrument ever built is silent until it is brought into use; and that it may be discordant unless the hand laid upon it is directed by intelligence and understanding. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 2) our dear Leader, Mrs. Eddy, tells us that "God is intelligence;" and on page 492 she says, "Being is holiness, harmony, immortality." As we seek and strive for a better understanding of God and of our relation to Him, we find that we are learning Life's harmonies; and we must be willing to take the necessary steps in practicing it, even as we would take steps in learning and practicing music.

Our first steps in music must be taken on faith, and must be guided by someone who is willing to teach us; but we cannot be musicians merely because of another's effort. We must put into practice what we learn, and must progress from faith in musical facts to an understanding of the fundamentals of music.

In Christianity scientific living, the first steps, which we must always take on faith, may sometimes be pointed out by some beloved friend or practitioner; but if we would have our faith deepen into understanding, we must ourselves seek an understanding of divine Principle and learn to depend on God alone for guidance. Nor can we afford to spend the time in which we should be practicing Christian Science, thinking of what others are doing.

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"As the small rain"
December 8, 1928

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