A Lesson from the Pansies

Each morning on her way to work a student of Christian Science passed a bed of lovely yellow and purple pansies. Being especially fond of these little flowers with their pretty, expressive faces, she never failed to glance at them and admire them on her journeys back and forth.

One spring morning, despite the fact that she had read the Lesson-Sermon, as set forth in the Christian Science Quarterly, in order to prepare her thoughts for the day, error persisted in making discord seem real to her, and in this unpleasant state of thought she left home. As she approached the bed of pansies their unusual beauty attracted her. The dew was still glistening on their upturned faces and, swayed by a soft breeze, they seemed to nod and bow a cheery message to the passer-by. The student did indeed catch the message; an inspiring message it was, vague at first but gradually unfolding.

She paused and, leaning on the wall, meditating, she heard, as it were, the "still small voice" of Truth speaking to her through these little evidences of God's love. She recalled that in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 240), "The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity."

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Surmounting Trials
January 19, 1935

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