A Student of Christian Science once walked beside a mountain stream almost from its source until it joined the river in the valley below. The course of the little stream was never smooth. Rough boulders and heavy rocks were continually encountered. But, undaunted and undisturbed, it flowed happily on over or around the obstructions in its path and was strengthened and enlarged as it went forward. Not only was its passage not prevented by these obstructions, but the flowing of the water over the rocks made pools so clear and pure that the sky and clouds were constantly reflected. Its joyous, purposeful sound added to the beauty of the mountainside.

As the student watched and listened, she realized that here was an important lesson. She saw that the accelerated activity of the stream was the result of its meeting with and flowing over the very rocks which might have seemed to disturb or hinder its course.

To the earnest seeker for Truth the way does not always seem easy or plain sailing. Perhaps the boulders of fear, sickness, sin, or limitation have long seemed part of our existence; or we may have become dismayed and disheartened by the struggle. Then, through the clear teaching of Christian Science, we begin to glimpse our desired goal of harmony and freedom. Like the mountain stream this Science purifies and quickens consciousness. The false beliefs of fear, lack, or sickness are overcome as their unreality and powerlessness to hamper progress are seen. A clear realization of God's all-power and presence enables us courageously to proceed on our heavenward journey with renewed strength, undisturbed and unafraid.

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Thy Perfect Neighbor
October 12, 1935

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