"Expressive silence"

Possibly everyone has at some time experienced the regretful sense of having talked too much. In such moments the unnecessary exposure of personal affairs, indiscreet gossip, or thoughtless denunciation becomes repugnant. Then, endeavoring to rebuild wasted moments, one seeks spiritual wisdom through which to control the tongue. Mary Baker Eddy puts it like this (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 339): "If people would confine their talk to subjects that are profitable, that which St. John informs us took place once in heaven, would happen very frequently on earth,—silence for the space of half an hour."

We judge others by their conversation. Our own occasional slips and parade of useless words should make us compassionate of the impulsiveness of others. As students of Christian Science we are taught to watch and love. Gradually we learn to protect our thoughts from carelessness; and we know the value of silent prayer.

Radical Reliance
August 23, 1941

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