"In the secret place of the most High"

A Little butterfly was hovering over some geraniums in a garden. The brilliant sunshine was blazing on the newly white-washed garden wall, upon which the shadow of the butterfly, as it flitted to and fro, was very distinct. A puppy came bounding along and, seeing the shadow, made many futile efforts to catch it, while the lovely butterfly, oblivious of the dog's intention to harm it, flew from flower to flower, keeping all the time behind the dog, who never saw it, so intent was he on the shadow.

To a student of Christian Science this vividly illustrated the powerlessness of evil to hurt God's child. Evil—the suggestions of sickness, poverty, danger, animal magnetism—never attacks the real man; and it can only seemingly attack the mortal shadow or counterfeit of the real. If evil could take cognizance of good, it would be real. But "evil is nothing, no thing, mind, nor power," as Mrs. Eddy tells us on page 330 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." And again, on page 554 of the same book she says: "Error is always error. It is no thing."

The real man is spiritual; he is not subject to any of the so-called laws or beliefs of material existence, but is always safe in divine Love, living, moving, and having his being in the atmosphere of good. How important, then, to identify ourselves with the real; to know ourselves as we really are—the reflection of unchangeable Life, illimitable Love, unvarying good; and to remember the admonition of Isaiah, "Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of"!

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"The fruit of the Spirit"
January 26, 1929

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