"Mind the light"

The story is told of a woman who for thirty years took care of a lighthouse on a solitary island with practically no human companionship. When asked what inspiration she had to sustain her in her vigil, she said that every morning she heard ringing in her ears her husband's parting admonition, "Mind the light."

Through the long years she followed her highest sense of duty—with little personal encouragement or approval, and perhaps with only an occasional glimpse of the ships to which she was rendering vital service. But during all the years she was rewarded by the inward consciousness of a faithful service unfalteringly performed.

Through longer years, and faced by the storms of misunderstanding or even malicious thought—which seem more trying than the clamor of wave and tempest—another woman kept watch over the wonderful spiritual light which had come to her, healing her and bringing to her a vision of the everpresent Christ. Light has frequently been used as a type of spiritual illumination. God said, "Let there be light, and there was light." Moses saw this light typified in the burning bush. Saul saw it symbolized in the glorious brightness on the road to Damascus. Mary Baker Eddy felt the illumination of a passage of Scripture and was healed. Thereafter for many years she worked alone with God, continuously guarding the light and unselfishly sharing its glory, until she saw its rays spreading over the whole world, healing and regenerating all those who opened their mental windows to its rays.

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Unity of the Church
March 20, 1937

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