"The Mary of to-day looks up"

"The Mary of to-day looks up for Christ." So writes our God-inspired Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, on page 119 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany." What joy comes when by looking up we see the ever living Christ, which mortal beliefs cannot destroy! Those who are following our Leader in selfless loving steadfastly hold their gaze toward divine Love. They find that the vision of the goal speeds their footsteps, as they journey from material sense toward fullness of spiritual understanding. No rocks along the way can hinder one whose gaze is fixed on the realities of God, good; for the vision of Love, attained and retained, spurs such a one to a greater effort to reflect the spiritual qualities of love, joy, and peace. These qualities are attained through the endeavor to express unselfish, childlike kindness, patient, humble trustworthiness, and steadfast courage in doing good.

We should watch carefully whether we are stooping to look down into the sepulcher of matter for the Christ, Truth, or whether as "the Mary of to-day" we are looking up. To the thought looking for good in matter or in personal sense there is confusion, doubt, and fear. To the uplifted, spiritual thought there is hope in every situation, a keen appreciation for each least manifestation of good, wherever found, and faith unmixed with doubt. The tomb could not obstruct the Christ-power which Jesus utilized in rising above the belief of life in matter. No situation can obstruct the full appearing of the true idea of God as revealed to our Leader. The lifted eye sees everywhere to-day evidences of the appearing of Christ, Truth. The "Signs of the Times" as recorded each week in the Christian Science Sentinel are of much value to those with eyes to see.

To the true Christian Scientist there is joy to be found in every situation, for he sees in each an opportunity to demonstrate the Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus." A problem, be it in the home, in the church, or in business, can seem to him neither too large nor of too long standing to be solved by the application of divine Principle. He can confidently prove through spiritual thinking that omnipotent good is more powerful than any adverse situation or set of circumstances. He does not despair, for he has the light of divine Love in his heart; and material shadows cannot enter its perfect radiance. This is the light that shines unto the perfect day, and he is content to dwell therein. To him the shadows are but an incentive to clear the windows of his own thinking of every belief in a selfhood apart from God, good, in order that he may share with those who are longing for the light the spiritual joy that is his treasure, the courage that is his strength, the peace and love that are the fruitage of his efforts toward right thinking.

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November 2, 1929

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