What Matters

When the cold and snow of winter are past, seeds germinate, new grass springs up, the violet buds and blooms, the sap rises to topmost twigs, the song of birds heralds the renewal of nature. Does this matter to us? Surely it should, for what appears to be going on in the so-called material universe points to the continual unfolding of the perpetual activity and energy of divine Life, Truth, and Love. Nothing should matter more to us than the facts of being and our progressive understanding of these facts— the continuity of Life, the permanence of Truth, the unceasing activity of Love. For such understanding, when applied as Christian Science teaches us to apply it, results in healing.

In the Christian Science textbook. "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 81): "Though the grass seemeth to wither and the flower to fade, they reappear. Erase the figures which express number, silence the tones of music, give to the worms the body called man, and yet the producing, governing, divine Principle lives on,—in the case of man as truly as in the case of numbers and of music,—despite the so-called laws of matter, which define man as mortal." One trained in mathematics could never be persuaded that its principles might be disregarded and correct results still be obtained. What matters to the mathematician is that these principles are invariable, and that when accurately applied there can be no question as to the exactness and completeness of the answers to problems.

In Christian Science what matters is that we should test every thought which presents itself to us, every event that appears in our experience, to determine whether or not it is in accord with "the producing, governing, divine Principle." Holding our thought and conduct steadfastly in line with divine Principle, and admitting to consciousness only that which is true, we are moving in the right direction, toward spiritual understanding.

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April 20, 1946

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