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Coming to Land
What a joyful occasion it is when a ship enters its home port and comes to land! Passengers are welcomed ashore, and the officers and crew of the boat, having accomplished their duties, return to their homes and dear ones.
It is also joyful and satisfying when thought enters the haven of divine Love and comes to land, comes to rest in the confidence of the Father's power to maintain harmony and to supply all good. This coming to land after thought has perhaps traveled far upon the restless sea of human opinions and conjectures is true communion. John records the coming to land of a little fishing boat upon the Sea of Tiberias, or Galilee, after Jesus' resurrection. Perhaps the disciples felt lonely and discouraged without the presence of Jesus, who had stilled a storm upon this same inland sea and had walked to them upon the water, for their thoughts were depressed and they caught nothing.
When morning came, Jesus stood on the shore. He called to the disciples, and when they told him that they had caught nothing he directed them to change their procedure. Instantly obedient, they found their net full of fishes and started toward land. Then they discerned their Master, whose thought was ever firmly fixed upon the absolute truths of Spirit. Here was their beloved teacher to comfort and inspire them. The Gospel of John says (21:9), "As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread."
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Coming to Land
HAZEL HARPER BRANDNER
Light on World Affairs
Man Immune from Contagion
The Sacrament's Lesson
E. LILIAS MCINTYRE
Tradition versus Inspiration
RICHARD P. VERRALL
"Come with me to a Christian Science lecture"
AGNES E. HEDENBERGH
Surrendering False Selfhood
The Sixth Beatitude
JAMES MONTEITH ERSKINE
My Precious Books
ELLSWORTH W. AUSTIN
The Lighted Torch
Gems and Pebbles
Paul Stark Seeley
While engaged in public school...
Millie Fox Clifford
In the twelfth chapter of Isaiah...
Carrie S. Smith
I wish to express my gratitude...
A recent conversation with a...
Igor I. Geffen
Christian Science has brought...
Margaret A. Richardson
The privilege of attending the...
Doris Hill Wilson
With deep gratitude to God I...
"In my Father's house"
MARY STONE WALLACE
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Arthur H. Compton, L. B. Ashby, Howard Carey, C. Moore