[Of Special Interest to Young People]

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, we find the account of an Englishwoman, whose experience was related in a London medical magazine. The young woman had a disappointment in a love affair and was mentally affected.

Believing that she lived in the very hour of her lover's departure from her, she literally grew no older as she waited for his return. Her mental attitude governed her physical state, and at the age of seventy-four, she had the appearance of one under twenty. Our Leader tells us (p. 245), "This instance of youth preserved furnishes a useful hint, upon which a Franklin might work with more certainly than when he coaxed the enamoured lightning from the clouds."

Deep within the human heart is the desire to remain young, healthy, strong, and, yes, even beautiful or to renew these desirable qualities. This desire is not necessarily based on vanity or self-glorification, because health, strength, and beauty belong to God, infinite Life. The real man reflects God, and therefore he possesses these attributes forever. The desire to awaken to "the beauty of holiness" (Ps. 29:2) is a legitimate one, and this awakening may be demonstrated in daily living.

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February 7, 1959

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