A Student of Christian Science rose at dawn one Monday morning to study and ponder the teachings of Christian Science. The Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly for that week was entitled "Truth." After spending some time reading the references, the student failed to find the usual joy in the unfoldment of spiritual facts. The Lesson seemed to her obscure and lacking in continuity. The central thought usually found in each section of the Lesson was not apparent. She put her books aside and prepared to leave for her office.

While driving into the city the student realized that inspiring, healing truths were certainly in the Lesson. Arriving at her office earlier than she was expected, she again spread out the Quarterly and her textbooks, the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and proceeded to search out and enjoy the treasures.

This time she was spiritually awake, and the unfolding was beautiful, prompt, and extensive. The Golden Text began with the words (Isa. 26:1), "We have a strong city," and at once the student saw that we do have "a strong city" and that "strong city" is the "New Jerusalem," which Mrs. Eddy defines in the Glossary of Science and Health in part as "Divine Science" (p. 592). The Golden Text also bade us, "Open ye the gates," and the Responsive Reading, in its recognition and praise of God, truly did open the gates of consciousness to a greater understanding of divine Science.

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September 13, 1952

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