Government through Light

As friends who are Christian Scientists were driving through the country, the glory of the setting sun was pouring through the many colored autumn tints of the foliage, lighting up the sparkling surface of the river and bringing out the delicate hues of wild aster and goldenrod. The clouds in fleecy clusters flung back the sun's bountiful rays, flooding the whole scene with loveliness. As people walked along the streets their faces turned toward the wonderful light, and happiness shone from their eyes. It seemed inevitable that each heart should be enlightened by such display of beauty and majesty.

As our hearts turned to the spiritual promise of this beauty, someone quoted from Science and Health (p. 595) the definition of "sun": "The symbol of Soul governing man,—of Truth, Life, and Love." "How beautiful," said one of the party, "and may not that government be symbolized by the government of the sun in its nature and operation as well as in its being?" The light of the sun in nature seems to govern simply by shining and by bestowing blessings of joy and comfort. It produces effects by invitation rather than domination, and solicits all nature to springtime renewal and unfolding beauty. Our Leader speaks of the sunlight which "glances into the prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens the flower, beautifies the landscape, blesses the earth" (ibid., p. 516). Its effect is to purify, warm, and freshen. The mildew, gloom, and dampness of a long-closed house yield to the warming rays of light, and the house becomes habitable. A garment yellowed by time and confinement in darkness when brought into the sunlight becomes pure and white. The chill of melancholy thought or hopelessness may be removed and the heart cheered by the beauty of a scene such as these friends were witnessing, for it could not fail to point to reality and to tell of omnipresent goodness awaiting all.

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