A Lesson from a Spanish Garden

FROM a house on the top of a hill, a family looked down upon many gardens. It was enjoyable to observe the seasonal changes in the gardens, as winter merged into spring and summer yielded to autumn. They asked for nothing better than the beauty of the scene just as it was.

One spring, however, the serenity and quiet beauty were disturbed. For one of the gardens took on a disordered aspect. Everything was torn up; even the cement walks were destroyed. To the people on the hill, it looked like confusion and chaos. The noise and clatter of reconstruction became a daily occurrence.

Gradually, slowly, but definitely, things began to take form. A high cement wall, an open fireplace, and walks began to appear. In time, flowers and shrubs gave added attraction. Out of the disturbance and disorder there emerged a lovely Spanish garden, far more beautiful than the former one had been.

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The Christian Science Lecture
August 26, 1939

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