[Of Special Interest to Young People]

Alice liked balancing things; she made a hobby of it. It had started one day at school when she found that with patience and persistence she could get a pencil to stand on end. Then, as her judgment got more accurate, she was able to add other things to the pencil until she had quite an astonishing build-up. Her school friends thought it very clever. She was often surprised, however, to find that even a very small error could bring the whole pile toppling down upon the table.

Alice couldn't help comparing this to her arithmetic. While she liked arithmetic, she rarely got full marks for it. She was apt to let a tiny miscalculation upset her whole problem, and this always gave her a wrong answer. Sometimes it was only as small a thing as adding two and two and writing down three or five instead of four which prevented her from solving the problem.

More than anything else, Alice loved Christian Science. She had come to see that it was indeed the pearl of great price. It had done more to bring happiness into her life than anything else in the world, and she would rather have missed her breakfast any morning than do without reading the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly. She owned her own copies of the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. As time went on, she saved her money and began adding, one by one, the other writings of Mrs. Eddy until she had the complete set and the two Concordances. A Bible concordance completed her small but precious library.

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January 14, 1950

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