The First Music Lesson

[Written Especially for Children]

One spring morning the new piano arrived and was set in its place. In eager anticipation the family gathered to listen as the mother played upon it, and then the youngest of the family asked to have her turn. Seating herself upon the stool she beat her little hands upon the keys, but the result was very different from the effect produced by the mother's playing. The untrained little hands could bring no harmony from the keys. In great disappointment she looked up to her mother and asked, "But where is the music?"

The mother remembered what Mrs. Eddy had so carefully explained in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 467), "Reasoning from cause to effect in the Science of Mind, we begin with Mind, which must be understood through the idea which expresses it and cannot be learned from its opposite, matter." Many times the mother herself had looked to material things hoping to find harmony. The patient study of Christian Science had taught her that only through the understanding of the divine Principle of harmony and the application of its rule could she attain the demonstration of perfection.

Thought Unconfined
September 9, 1933

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