[Of Special Interest to Young People]

The writer used to puzzle over the words, "Tear or triumph harms," as she sang the last verse of one of Mary Baker Eddy's hymns (Poems, p. 14):

"So, when day grows dark and cold,
Tear or triumph harms,
Lead Thy lambkins to the fold,
Take them in Thine arms."

Then one day something very nice happened in the way of an adjustment of a difficulty, and the thought came: "I did that. That is the result of my metaphysical work." Instantly came the warning words, "Tear or triumph harms," and it became very clear that to take to one's human self the credit for the overcoming of discord could certainly harm and hinder. It was realized that the triumphs gained through the correct application of the teachings of Christian Science must be recognized as triumphs of Spirit. One can be happy and grateful for the understanding of God, Spirit, that makes progress possible and the solution of problems certain; but Spirit alone is the power that brings victory over matter and its claims. Often, as we are faithful, joyful experiences come to us humanly and unexpectedly. Sometimes we are suddenly blessed in ways we have not anticipated. These are the natural results of spiritual progress in our individual thinking and evidence of the presence and power of God.

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April 19, 1952

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