Windowpanes for Truth

[Written Especially for Children]

Suppose that you should walk into a room and find two windows, one with a bright, clean pane, and the other all covered with dust and cobwebs. Through which one would the sun shine most brightly? Why, you would say, through the clean one, of course.

A good housekeeper does not allow her windowpanes to become dirty. We are all housekeepers, and the windowpane that each of us must keep clean is our thinking, our consciousness. Mrs. Eddy tells us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 295), "The manifestation of God through mortals is as light passing through the window-pane," and she also states that the mortal mind that has lost much error becomes "a better transparency for Truth."

Christian Science shows us that some of the lies of mortal mind that would darken our mental windowpanes are temper, impatience, disobedience, fear, envy, pride, self-will, ingratitude. In other words, when we feel angry or afraid, when we envy something that another has, want our own way, feel puffed up instead of giving God the glory, believe that we don't love somebody or that somebody doesn't love us, or forget to give thanks for the good that comes to us—we are letting mortal mind darken our windowpanes.

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