The Perfect Pattern

The story is told of a builder's apprentice who was given a rafter and told to make twelve others exactly like it. He laid the pattern rafter on the material and cut one; but instead of cutting all of them by the pattern, he cut the second by the first, and the third by the second, and so on until he had cut the twelve. When the master builder came to use the rafters he found only one that he could use—the first one cut; the others did not fit.

According to a dictionary, one definition of "pattern" is "an ideal, a standard." The reason why eleven of the rafters could not be used was that they deviated from the exact standard of measurement. This may contain a lesson for us as Christian Scientists.

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