A Gift of Love

Children spontaneously express their gratitude and joy for gifts received. And what more precious gift of love could our Sunday School pupils have than their own copies of the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy?

A boy of seven entered the Sunday School room proudly displaying a new set of red books—the Bible and Science and Health—in their little red case. His mother had given them to him, he happily told his classmates. The teacher raised their thought from the mere possession of the books—happy as that was—to a fuller understanding of the true cause for joy: an opportunity to review what they had already learned about the books and what they should mean in their day-to-day experience.

As the youngster removed each book from the case, the teacher asked a few question. When he presented the textbook, Science and Health, she asked the class, "Who wrote it?" When they had correctly replied, she went on to ask: "Who is Mrs. Eddy?" "Why did she write this book?" "What does it say on the binding?" "What is the Key to the Scriptures?" "What does the key do?" When the teacher was completely satisfied with their replies, she went on to ask, "What are the Scriptures?" The word puzzled them somewhat; so this led to the Bible's being shown.

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December 15, 1962

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