From the Field

With a heart full of gratitude, I am writing this, hoping others may seek the same wonderful blessing that I have received from a week's stay at the Pacific Coast Sanatorium of Christian Science Benevolent Association at San Francisco, California. That great privilege cannot be appreciated by any but those who have been guests there. I have seldom experienced in my career in Christian Science such a beautiful reflection of divine Love. At every turn I found love waiting to greet me—at the door on entering, at the desk, in the elevator, on the steps, in my room, in the dining room, in the library, in the office, in the chapel, in the garden, at the dear little pool; nothing but loving smiles and cheery words of greeting welcomed me, and with such sincerity! And then the manager's letter rang out a welcome that was so sincere there was no mistaking it. If ever there was a haven of rest, symbolic of the real, it is one.

On studying the words "benevolent" and "association," I found great cause for rejoicing that it is being expressed there so fully that one cannot but feel it; and with it comes a sense of freedom that words cannot describe. In a dictionary, I found "benevolent" to mean "kindly disposed toward others and actively desirous of their well-being; kindly; generous; charitable." "Association," I found to mean "the condition of having combined for a common purpose. Any connection or relation between objects or ideas that tends to unite them in thought; also, anything thus mentally associated."

I must say I experienced all the foregoing words imply at the Sanatorium during my seven days there as a guest. I went for rest and study, and reaped an abundance of good. I found time and opportunity to speak a word of cheer to some who seemed to be struggling—as it were—up the mountain side, to encourage them to press on. And it was a joy to give them some words of truth that had helped me over some of the rough places in my pathway.

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Wisdom Indispensable
December 10, 1932

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