The Shadow of a Rock

A FLOOD of gratitude to our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, welled up in the heart of a student of her writings as he sat in a Christian Science Reading Room where he had gone at the noon hour, as had many others, to study the Lesson-Sermon, and to gain from it the inspiration and understanding it so freely offers to the receptive thought. Through this study, his consciousness had been lifted above the cares and problems of the moment; they had been recognized as nothing more than the unsubstantial fabric of a dream. Spiritual realities had crowded out the errors, and harmony reigned. On other occasions while in the Reading Room this student has been able effectually to solve problems which previously had resisted all his efforts, and has been lifted out of conditions which claimed to be chronic.

That our Leader was divinely inspired when she provided that each Christian Science church should maintain a Reading Room has been proved by the fruitage of these rooms. She thus provided for the presentation of her writings and of other authorized Christian Science literature through friendly means, untainted by prejudiced opinions or willful misrepresentations. In these rooms every seeker is given the opportunity to study and gain an understanding of Truth in its purity.

Isaiah, showing the protecting power of the Christ, the true idea purifying consciousness, says, "And a man shall be ... as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." It is in this sense that the Reading Room has always appealed to the writer, as a sanctuary, a refuge from the discords and contentions of mortal mind, a place where, through quiet study and realization, the veil of the flesh begins to disappear.

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