Making the Best of Things

"You know, I'm puzzled. Why do the Christian Scientists I've met select such beautiful things and take such good care of them?" This from a skilled restorer of antique furniture to whom I had taken a chair for repair. "Before I got into this business," he went on, "I thought matter—material things—didn't mean much to you people. I thought it was mind, not matter."

"Well, maybe I can explain," I said. "Let me tell you what this chair really means to me as a Christian Scientist. It is not just a thing of wood, fabric, springs, cushions. Patience and persistence went into its making over a hundred years ago. Durability was built into it. And it's beautiful.

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