Removing the Mask

[Written Especially for Young People]

One February, a friend sent a valentine to a boy, who at the time seemed to be sick. The child had been attending a Christian Science Sunday School and knew something about God and man's relationship to Him, so his friend hoped to help him solve his problem. She therefore selected a valentine which depicted a beautiful little boy whose face was covered by a mask, which could be removed or replaced by the manipulation of a movable arm. With the valentine she enclosed a letter, written somewhat after the following.

A beautiful thought came to me about you and about the valentine I am sending you, and I want to tell you about it. You will notice that the little boy on the valentine has a mask with which his face is sometimes covered. When the mask is removed, his face shines forth in all its beauty. Look and see if that is not true.

We may liken this to conditions that sometimes seem to exist with us. When the errors of unhappiness, unkindness, hate, fear, or sickness come to us, God's true, perfect child is seemingly covered for the time being by the mask of mortal mind. But the beautiful part of it is, we can know that this mask of error is not the truth of being, because God did not make it. We know that God made only the perfect child, who reflects happiness, kindness, love, courage, and health; and that this perfect child of God is here, right where you are all the time.

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November 30, 1935

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