"What a beautiful rose garden you have," remarked a guest as she looked longingly out upon it from the window of her hostess' house. "Isn't it too bad that I cannot go out and enjoy it? You see," she added, "I get rose fever." She had not accepted the priceless gift that unfetters men from the bondage of false beliefs. Her hostess, however, was a Christian Scientist, and mentally expressed her gratitude for the divine revelation of Christian Science, because through it she had learned how to enjoy the rose, "the smile of God," without suffering.

Later she was asked for help by a friend who for many years had suffered from the belief of rose fever, and who knew nothing about Science. The friend dispensed with the usual yearly injections and placed firm reliance on Truth. This statement, to be found on page 175 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, was quoted to the seeker for Truth: "What an abuse of natural beauty to say that a rose, the smile of God, can produce suffering! The joy of its presence, its beauty and fragrance, should uplift the thought, and dissuade any sense of fear or fever. It is profane to fancy that the perfume of clover and the breath of new-mown hay can cause glandular inflammation, sneezing, and nasal pangs."

Turning to the Bible, the Scientist then read from Genesis (1:31), "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." With thought uplifted to the perfect universe of God's creating she explained that everything in His universe already is perfect and complete; that nothing can be added to it or taken from it; and that therefore nothing can enter therein to cause disease or suffering of any kind. She stated further that God's spiritual ideas fill the universe, that man, the highest idea of God, manifests love, patience, courage, and calmness, and that an understanding of these truths destroys the beliefs of anxiety, fear, emotion, or irritation.

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September 13, 1947

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