Considering the Lilies

Gaze into the face of a flower swaying amidst the long grass on a spring morning, and see what is written there that they who run may read! A symbol of the gentleness, the gayety, the harmlessness of being, a hint of the smile of God! Meek, and yet adding to the beauty all around it, praising God with its unstinted fragrance! No trace of rivalry or self-seeking is there; no lust for gold or for possession; but radiant innocence, shining forth its joy. Well has Mrs. Eddy said in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 240), "The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity."

If mortals would only learn that happiness lies in goodness, that bliss is to be found in gentleness and loving service, that gayety belongs to harmlessness, and that those qualities of God will open heaven to us now! The kingdom of heaven! What is needed that we may enter it here and in this present moment? Not dying! That is not the gateway. Only this, that every mortal be willing to lay down his sordid selfhood, manufactured out of sordid thoughts, and replace these with qualities that shine as the flowers shine, each one innocent, happy, his life fragrant with selfless giving.

Learn to Wait
January 24, 1931

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