Our "task of glory"

A STUDENT of Christian Science who, before knowing of this truth, had associated little of joy or happiness with the will of God, and whose concept of this will was beclouded by the many "Thou shalt not's" of a strict, erroneous theological teaching, felt boundless gratitude for the teachings of Christian Science, which gradually released her from many false concepts of our loving Father-Mother God.

Some words of our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, came almost as a revelation to her, so new a light did they throw on the whole question of God's will. She writes in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 258): "To the woman at the sepulchre, bowed in strong affection's anguish, one word, 'Mary,' broke the gloom with Christ's all-conquering love. Then came her resurrection and task of glory, to know and to do God's will." That "to know and to do God's will" was a "task," was understandable; but that it was a "task of glory" was something undreamed of before.

The words opened up vista after vista of wonder. Glory, which had been connected in the student's thoughts with honor and kingship, with a time "when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy," now was associated with the radiancy of secret joy, with the tender light of spiritual beauty, a promise of which is seen in the sunrise over snow-topped mountains when the noises of the everyday world are still, and with the deep-flowing peace of harmonious being.

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August 29, 1936

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