Sermon of the Lilies

[Written Especially for Young People]

ONE forenoon in early spring, a student of Christian Science was rambling through some woods, where he was spending a brief holiday. Coming to a little clearing, he sat down on a mossy bank, and rested against a sun-warmed rock. The stillness seemed only to be accentuated by an occasional faint breeze sighing through the pine trees, distant, sweet bird calls, and the slow, scraping progress of a porcupine, as he clambered up the trunk of a near-by giant cedar.

With the exception of the evergreens, the trees were as yet almost bare, and all around him, as far as he could see, were countless thousands of white trilliums. They reminded him of Jesus' message in the Sermon on the Mount, "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow." He did consider them with delighted and rapt attention. He soon noticed that they were all facing the same way, towards the sun each slender stem bent gracefully at the same angle. Every lovely lily in this widespread floral carpet seemed to be paying tribute to the sun, completely receptive to the light directing it, and concerned with nothing else.

Since Love is Everywhere
January 31, 1942

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