"First the blade"

'FOR the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear." These are the words of Jesus. The stages of growth which take place in the normal life of a plant may perhaps illustrate the order of developments also apparent in everyday life in the affairs of men, where progress in right directions is being sought and gained.

Marry Baker Eddy, our honored Leader, referred to these words as expressing Jesus' "order of ministration" (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 92). Therefore, if we would progress normally toward the perfect demonstration of harmony, we need to establish in our experience this "order of ministration," recognizing the scientific sequence of the blade, the ear, and the full grain. In all human experiences, where there is growth and progress, there is "first the blade." This fact is noticeable in the growth of the Christian Science movement. Our Leader, who tenderly watched all the stages in the development of her discovery, must have recognized with joy the development of the unfoldment of the divine "order of ministration" as the Cause of Christian Science advanced.

Seedtime and Harvest Continue
October 29, 1932

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