[Written Especially for Children]

The interesting episodes of childhood serve to furnish a wealth of experience and wisdom that is valuable in later years. Well does one remember the blessing that came to her in childhood through a lesson learned from a wise and thoughtful mother. An annual visit was made by the mother and her little daughter to the child's grandmother. This event was always looked forward to with great joy by the little one. Then as the child grew older and was attending school, the mother felt it was not wise to keep her daughter out of school for the four to six weeks that she would be away, and so the child was left at home during these visits.

Then came a severe test for the child, for she dreaded the long, dreary weeks when mother would be away and there would be no response to the daily demands on the mother's love and care. As the time drew near for the visit, the mother noticed with regret the depression of the child. However, with gentle wisdom, she called the child out of doors one evening, and asked her to look up at the stars and the moon. Then she told her, if at any time she felt lonely and separated from the mother-love while she was away, just to look up at the stars and the moon and to know that mother also was seeing the same moon and stars that she saw, and this assurance of their united interest would help to destroy the sense of loneliness. Never again was there the same sense of separation, for when the loneliness would try to creep in, the child would look up at the bright, twinkling stars and feel the sweet unity with the mother who, she would think, might perhaps be looking then at the same stars. Thus was she cheered and comforted.

As the child grew older and learned through Christian Science something of the unity of good, this lesson came back to her with a new meaning. How true it is that every right thought, every pure impulse, all sane and sound thinking—every tendency to look Godward—unites us with the source of all true and pure thought, and carries us along in the currents of good that inevitably guide to greater and happier accomplishment! Mrs. Eddy speaks to us, through her peom entitled "Love," these beautiful words (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 387;

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November 5, 1932

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