The Lighted Torch

There is light in the world today, inextinguishable light, to which men may look for guidance out of the falsities, the dark dreaming of mortality, into the full radiance of spiritual reality and immortal Truth. On page 202 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy, writing of the redemption of the human race from its ills through the understanding of Christ and acceptance of the teachings of Truth, says, "For this glorious result Christian Science lights the torch of spiritual understanding."

To each student of Christian Science has been entrusted this lighted torch, which illumines not only his own way but the way of all those upon whom it shines. How can this light be kept burning undimmed and unwavering? First, by knowing its source and the quality of its light. Spirit, divine Mind, is the source of all true understanding, and one's individual torch is kept brightly burning by an understanding and acceptance of his individual at-one-ment with Spirit. What a glorious light! To know oneself at one with Life, which knows no death; at one with Truth, which knows no error: at one with Love, which knows no fear!

There is no mental darkness that seems so black as that induced by fear, flow brightly then should we keep the flame of our torch alight with divine Love that we may see in that light of Love the beauty and harmony of reality —that in the infinite realm of Love there is nothing to fear, nor anything that can be afraid. The illusions of the senses seem to cast many shadows of fear, but no matter how deep seems the shadow or how distorted its shape, it will disappear before the torch of spiritual understanding, alight with divine Love. We read on page 340 of Science and Health: "Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love." Here is a great statement of truth with which to keep our torch aflame.

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Gems and Pebbles
January 11, 1947

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