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Gems and Pebbles
Just now I have been listening to someone telling over the radio how a pebble brought about the loss of a World Series Championship baseball game. The two contending teams had won an equal number of games. This was the deciding one. It was the end of the ninth inning; the team that was fielding was leading by one run; two men were out, two on base. All that was needed in order to end the game and seal the victory for the fielding team was to put out the player at the bat.
The batter hit a hot liner toward third. The third baseman was ready to catch it and throw it to first to end the game and win the championship. But just before the ball reached him it struck a pebble, bounced high over his head, and the two men on the bases scored. The game and the championship were lost.
The losing of this world championship because of a pebble illustrates how things often considered too little to be harmful can cause serious consequences. Homes are often wrecked or made miserable by an unbending will, a determination to dominate, or disregard for the rights of others. Then there are the pebbles of defeat such as resentment, an unforgiving thought, dishonesty, unkindness, selfish ambition, and indulgence in liquor, tobacco, and animality. Blindness to them blocks the way to worthy accomplishment and spiritual victory.
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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