Springtime Renewals

In certain latitudes, the spring of the year is a time of renewing and discarding. Snow melts; emerald blades emerge in bog and meadow; slender leaves slant from sapfilled boughs, and birds lift their heads in song. Then housewives make a raid on the dust in their homes, and, very possibly, on outworn garments in their wardrobes.

Strange, though, how very seldom this raid includes renewing the set of books which, as Christian Scientists, we have had in use many years. Worn and torn and smudged though they may be, we keep on using them until we should be ashamed to pass them along as gifts or loans. Certain copies may be precious to us for good reasons, and it is natural that we should keep these. In other cases, however, would it be well for us to consider why we continue to use shabby books? The messages conveyed through these precious volumes come straight from the springs of Truth; they sweep away outworn material beliefs, fear, sickness, penury, sorrow, and bring us renewed assurances of health, happiness, and abundance. Then why allow the outworn appearance of our books to contradict the spirit of the messages they bring to us?

Our Impersonal Practitioner
April 13, 1935

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