Have you ever said to a friend as part of a greeting, "What's new?"

Anything you do not know is new to you. By the same definition, however, what you do know is not new but old. Being old, it may no longer be both important and interesting. But not so are spiritual words, ideas, and usages. No matter how well you may think you know them, they are ever fresh and new and can become operative in your present experience.

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, declares: "Nothing is new to Spirit. Nothing can be novel to eternal Mind, the author of all things, who from all eternity knoweth His own ideas." Science and Health, p. 518, 519; Nothing new is ever needed in God's creation. The original perfection of the creation remaining constant and forever unfolding in its perfection, no restoring or replacing is ever required. Having in mind, then, that that which is new is that which we do not know, we must turn to the eternal freshness of the Almighty and learn to know Him if we wish to effect a newness, a renewal or restoration. Such knowing brings restoration of health and removal of discord.

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Earning a New Name
December 30, 1967

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