Today human thought often clothes quietness in a cloak of unattractiveness and unloveliness; to many it spells but dullness and loneliness. Yet it is in quietness that we gain audience with the divine Mind and realize a closer communion with our Father-Mother God.

In these high-speed days, allurements to entice one from the bliss of quietness and solitude, from the peace that comes with the contemplation and realization of the spiritual realities of being, are legion. These diverting temptations purport to give relief from the stress and pressure of daily living.

We may profitably recall the experiences of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and Elijah. What dividends their contemplation of the things of Soul brought them! Our Master, Christ Jesus, spent whole nights on the mountains of Galilee or the gentle slopes of Olivet, alone with God. In her "Miscellaneous Writings" Mary Baker Eddy tells us (p. 133): "Three times a day, I retire to seek the divine blessing on the sick and sorrowing, with my face toward the Jerusalem of Love and Truth, in silent prayer to the Father which 'seeth in secret,' and with childlike confidence that He will reward 'openly.' In the midst of depressing care and labor I turn constantly to divine Love for guidance, and find rest." If our gracious Leader retired three times a day to seek anew and claim an ever closer at-one-ment with omnipresent Mind, we can hardly do less than provide for our own refreshment through silent, consecrated communion with Soul.

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Glory Through Humility
May 24, 1947

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