The Indispensable

For the indispensable there is no substitute, no alternative. It knows neither compromise nor prevarication. Nothing can take its place; it cannot in fact be dispensed with, or it would lose its nature and so cease to be.

Mary Baker Eddy in her statements of absolute Truth as applied to human character has made clear the indispensable. In presenting Christianity to the world, Jesus' call to his followers was unequivocal. "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness," he said to them, thus arrestingly translated by Moffatt: "The eye is the lamp of the body: so, if your Eye is generous, the whole of your body will be illumined, but if your Eye is selfish, the whole of your body will be darkened."

Indivisible in its singleness and impartiality is light. Ungenerous and contradictory are the ways of darkness.

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Grass in Place of Dragons
February 13, 1943

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