The Grace of Balanced Being

Those familiar with nature have observed how rare is the spectacle of a wholly symmetrical tree. The natural scientist would promptly explain the reason: that the roots of the tree, spreading unseen beneath the ground, must balance the sum of the branches visible above; otherwise, the pressure of storms overweighs the nourishing and anchoring power beneath. Damage and distortion then begin to occur.

Thinkers have used the figure of the tree to illustrate the need for well-balanced character. Christian Science teaches that in absolute being the real man does not grow from imperfection to perfection, but rather does he evidence the eternal completeness of ever-unfolding Principle. In this connection Mrs. Eddy states in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 258), "God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis."

About Loving Our Neighbor
April 6, 1940

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