"At eventide it shall be light"

The earnest student of Christian Science longs to fulfill the expectation of his Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, expressed in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 248), "Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom."

The belief that after a certain age men and women begin to go downhill, and that their capacities, abilities, and faculties deteriorate, has its counterpart in the ordinary sense of morning and evening. Most people think of their day as beginning with the morning, leading on to evening, and thence to night and darkness. A dictionary gives one meaning of "evening" as "the latter portion, as of life."

But this is contrary to Bible teaching! In the first chapter of Genesis, in the account of the true and spiritual creation, evening is always followed by morning on each successive day of unfoldment. "And the evening and the morning were the first day," and so on through the sixth day. Here evening is the forerunner of light and progress, never the preface to darkness and night.

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"Thy Maker is thine husband"
May 11, 1946

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