Persons engaged in productive activities, especially those having to do with cultivating the soil, seem frequently to encounter obstacles of various kinds before their endeavors result in fruition. They may have, for example, to contend with various kinds of blight, pests, and other destructive agencies, as well as with atmospheric disturbances—storms, drought, and so forth. Therefore, many thus engaged have found much help in the teachings of Christian Science, which have afforded them a great measure of protection from adverse conditions, and thus their efforts have been crowned with success.

Christian Science teaches that in the spiritual universe, which is the only real universe, there are no destructive elements. All that exists in reality is the manifestation of divine Mind, or Spirit, and is as permanent and indestructible as its creator. On this subject Mary Baker Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 267), "Every object in material thought will be destroyed, but the spiritual idea, whose substance is in Mind, is eternal." It will be seen, then, that the divine idea underlying the human concept of fruitage is eternal. All that appears capable of destruction is mortal belief, and that never had any actual existence. All that is real is eternal and remains forever intact.

October 21, 1939

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