Jesus once said (Matt. 18:3), "Except ye ... become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." One wonders what special quality of childhood he had in mind at that moment. Some recent experiences have caused the writer to consider this point rather closely as it relates to the improvement of human thought and the effective practice of Christian Science.

The quality of thought which perhaps stands out above all others in children is expectancy, the expectation of good. But it is far from common either in adults or in nations. No doubt the disappointing experiences which often come with maturity have a negative influence, but the teachings of Christian Science, constantly emphasizing the presence and activity of the one infinite, good Mind that is God, should enormously outweigh such influences in human experience.

In her letter to Second Church of Christ, Scientist. Chicago, our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, says (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p.192), "Thine is the upspringing hope, the conquest over sin and mortality, that lights the living way to Life, not to death." The present moment, when humanity seems to be weighed down with the hideous results of war, should inspire Christian Scientists to attain to and maintain that childlike quality which anticipates good not only in thought but in fact.

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Ceasing from Idolatry
April 26, 1947

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