A Spring Basket of Loving Thoughts

[Written Especially for Young People]

IN the happy childhood days, many spring baskets are made and hung on the doors of friends' houses. How joyously children arrange the moss and evergreens, and how carefully they twine the vines and cones which form their baskets! Then they go into the secret haunts of the woods, and fill their baskets with the choicest treasures of the woodland.

The springtime has come again in the northern hemisphere, and its invigorating warm touch has unlocked the earth, and flung abroad a wealth of verdure and leafage, of foliage and flower. We wish to bring to everyone our spring basket of love and beauty and blessing. The same spirit which blesses the gift of childhood, the spirit of selflessness, innocence, gratitude, and pure joy, is shining through every thought as we place this love offering at the door of another's heart.

Hepaticas, heralds of coming beauty and harbingers of the joys of spring, are proclaiming that "the winter is past, ... the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come." These first tokens of the seasons are telling us, in Mrs. Eddy's words on page 330 of "Miscellaneous Writings," that "nature's first and last lessons teach man to be kind." The little kindnesses of daily living each one of us can bestow; and whether, as young or more experienced students of Christian Science, we have many and great opportunities to serve or seemingly few and small ones, let us remember that kindness is always a manifestation of selfless thought; and because it is the outcome of loving thought it is a reflection of omnipresent Love. The earnest desire to help those around us may find expression in seeming trifles, but the motive behind the kind deeds sends forth a sweet incense to the glory of God; and through simple daily kindnesses we are drawn closer to the great heart of all Life and Love. The poet sings,

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