A student was reviewing her steps of progress in the unfolding understanding of Christian Science. Among these inspiring recollections was that of spiritual vision she once had. It was a midsummer's day and she had been sitting on a wide veranda, reading "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. Suddenly she raised her eyes from the book which had been absorbing her thought and pondered these words on page 70 which had caught her attention with a new significance: "The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a blade of grass to a star, as distinct and eternal."

She looked off into the garden, thinking how often she had been oppressed by a sense of the passing of time and the transiency of all lovely things. But on this day she was seeing more deeply, more penetratingly, than ever before. Her eyes were being unveiled. Butterflies flitted in and out among the roses. Birds sang in care-free joyousness. There was color, song, motion—joy everywhere.

Yet, she reflected in that moment, there is no true joy without a sense of security. What was the secret of the garden, the secret of its evidencing of joy? Did the words she had just read give her the key? Truly, all material things pass. But spiritual identities—are not these everywhere present, though we but dimly see the real?

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Preach the Gospel, Heal the Sick
June 15, 1935

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