Sowing and Reaping

The gardener expects his garden to be productive because he works for growth. He knows too that growth is going on all the time, whether it shows or not. Flowers belong in a garden. That is why no one is surprised to see them there.

In the Bible the metaphor of the seed is often used to illustrate the growth of thought; and all human experience might be described as the story of how a thought has grown. A wise thought, a beautiful thought, or an unusual thought, pondered and shared, often blossoms into a whole series of new developments. Christian Science explains that human experience is the product of thought, and not the other way round.

The seed does not originate in the soil, but it does germinate there. Likewise, thought does not originate in individual human consciousness, but it develops there. Just as identical seeds sown in different gardens may not develop exactly alike, so the same thought unfolding in different mentalities produces a different result.

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The Divine Order
February 27, 1965

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