"Hour of development"

In a passage referring to the time when one finds oneself "solitary, left without sympathy," our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, on page 266 of our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," points to the everpresence of divine Love, and says, "When this hour of development comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will force you to accept what best promotes your growth."

The writer, while reading these words, asked herself the question, "Why does Love force us?" and the answer came in these further questions: "Is it because we have not the courage to take the step that means progress to us? Is it the fear of criticism, or the fear of losing something upon which we have leaned for support?" Then spiritual love, so pure, tender, and yet so strong, wounds to heal. The mother eagle forces her eaglets to leave the nest that they may learn to fly, and thus use their wings.

We too must learn to use our wings—our understanding—which we have striven for. "The letter killeth," we are told, "but the spirit giveth life." And Love, when understood in even a small degree, must have its manifestation in our present experience.

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Right Thinking Imperative
June 6, 1936

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