"SPACE FOR REPENTANCE"

The definition of "year" which Mary Baker Eddy gives in the Glossary of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" is found on pages 598 and 599. It reads in part, "A solar measurement of time; mortality; space for repentance." A dictionary tells us that repentance is contrition, which means sorrow for and turning away from wrongdoing. Wrong thinking precedes wrongdoing. To the Christian Scientist, repentance means sorrow for and turning away from material thinking and love of matter, as well as from material modes of action.

When so-called mortal mind records the ending of an old year and the beginning of a new one, with sorrow for the former as something lost and fear for the latter as something uncertain, such thought is vain. Human thought may be turned toward the future with dread or with anticipation, hope, and desires more or less material in nature. Thought engaged in any of these ways tends to obscure spiritual vision and to blind one to the opportunity of the present moment.

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