IT was nest-building season, and an oriole had discovered a piece of string in the woodbine vine which draped the porch. After several vain attempts to secure the choice material while on the wing, the bird perched on a twig near by and began systematically to liberate the string which was entangled in the vine. Calmly and courageously the little builder labored on. Pulling gently here and vigorously tugging there, he changed his position as necessity required, unmindful that at times the work was being done from an uncomfortable perch and that often during the process he was literally upside down. After much perseverance the task was accomplished, and the treasured possession carried triumphantly to the leafy heights of a maple, where a warble of gratitude soon proclaimed that it was being woven into the oriole's nest and thus put to immediate use.

One who witnessed this incident was grateful for the needed lessons learned therefrom, and recalled with deeper appreciation a passage from the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 322, 323), where Mrs. Eddy declares, "Mortals may seek the understanding of Christian Science, but they will not be able to glean from Christian Science the facts of being without striving for them;" and she adds, "This strife consists in the endeavor to forsake error of every kind and to possess no other consciousness but good."

Evil a Mirage
October 12, 1929

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