The Lighthouse Is There

[Of Special Interest to Youth]

Ellen was spending the summer with her family at their seashore cottage, a place in which she had always been joyous and carefree. However, this summer the joy which she had heretofore experienced seemed lacking, because of a problem of human relationship which was very demanding. Realizing that as a student of Christian Science it was for her to meet the situation with the light of Truth, she would not begin her day's activities until she had taken her Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy and studied and prayed earnestly.

She felt that although she was endeavoring to act with love and selflessness, there appeared to be an increasing sense of what was unloving and intolerant in the other individual who was involved in this situation. Without becoming aware of it, Ellen had allowed resentment and discouragement to enter her thinking, and she began to feel that the problem was insurmountable.

That summer the weather in early July was extremely hazy, and generally throughout the forenoon a heavy mist lay on the ocean until the horizon was dimmed and the western shore with its lighthouse—a familiar landmark—was obliterated. For days the foggy weather persisted, until it was as if their cottage and the rocks were the only objects in the world. As Ellen was sitting at her desk one morning trying to write a letter which it was imperative for her to write, the burden of discouragement almost overwhelmed her. Putting down her pen, she looked out over the ocean, and suddenly it came to her what she had been doing.

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"Desire is prayer"*
October 3, 1942

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