A Choice: Mist or Sunlight

Today's planes, aided by modern technology, can take off and climb right through foggy weather into pure sunlight. And what a sense of peace you have up in that clear light, skimming over hundreds of miles of white clouds! It's hard to remember that people may be plodding around below, grumbling about a dark, misty day.

All this can be a helpful illustration of the spiritual altitude of thought to be striven for in the practice of Christian Science. It indicates the way to turn to God, divine Truth, in prayer. The dark mist may be likened to material existence. When we have sickness or other physical difficulty, limitation in school or business, grief or loneliness, it may seem as though our lives are fogged over. Nothing looks quite right.

Anyone who has groped his way over a familiar piece of ground in a fog knows that it can look positively sinister under such conditions. In much the same way the individual can be fooled by mortal mind, the general belief of life and intelligence in matter, into accepting as very real and frequently very painful and very tangled the misconception called human existence. Material, mortal life can often resemble the eventual state of the ungodly, as described by the writer of the book of Job, "They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night." Job 5:14;

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Unceasing Activity
July 17, 1971

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