Smiles of Spiritual Gladness

A WOMAN sat alone in a street car, discouraged and unhappy. In every direction her outlook seemed dark. Her husband was ill in a hospital; she had been told by physicians that she must have an operation in five days; her five young children were of necessity to be placed with strangers. While contemplating this dismal future, she looked up and saw a woman smile! Oh, she thought, what has she to make her smile like that? She watched the woman get off the street car, and continued to watch where she was going. She is going to that Christian Science lecture where all these people are going, she said to herself; if it is Christian Science that makes her smile like that, I want it. The next day she went to a Christian Science practitioner; and in a few days she found herself perfectly free, and when examined by the physicians she was pronounced well. Before long her husband was out of the hospital, and her five little children were enrolled in a Christian Science Sunday School.

Three years later she met the woman who had smiled, and asked permission to walk with her. Then she told gratefully of her joyous experience. What healing message was in the smile of the Christian Scientist which brought response to a hungry, despondent heart? It was the radiance of gratitude, the understanding of universal Love, the realization of God's nearness and dearness, His readiness to heal and save.

May 13, 1933

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