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Polishing Our Gems
To an untrained eye, the beauty of an unpolished gem is not apparent. A precious stone in a bucket of mud does not display the charms of a finished pendant.
Similarly, one uninstructed in the beauties of spiritual being may fail to discern the perfect man of God's creating. To human view, man may appear to be diseased or a drunkard, suffering, sinning, dying. But we can learn to cultivate a spiritual view of man, the true view, which Christ Jesus exercised in his marvelous healing works. Mrs. Eddy writes: "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick." Science and Health, pp. 476–477;
"But," we may ask, "how do we go about improving our view of man?" Christian Science teaches that to reason rightly we must begin with a right premise. What better way to begin than by considering the perfection, glory, and completeness of our wonderful and good God! This kind of reasoning prepares us to view the man God has made, the man that is perfect as his Father. It is the spiritual view that reveals the perfection of man.
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The Standpoint of Scientific Prayer
WILLIAM PRESTON BADGER
GLORIA NOVAK CHRISTENA
Opportunity Is Ever Present
WILLIAM HENRY PARKE
Science and Health—the Leaven of Truth
LYDIA CHIN MAHONE
"Stir up the gift of God, which is in thee"
EVELYN M. PINNELL
Polishing Our Gems
GLENN E. HECK
The Choice Is Ours
RHODA L. EVANS
Patricia B. Sigurdson
A Wonderful Thanksgiving
Hermine Potsdam Shapiro
Alfredonia Thomas Lambert
Geoffrey J. Barratt
Giving of Ourselves
Peter J. Henniker-Heaton
These inspiring words from the Christian Science Hymnal...
Iris B. Garnham
First and foremost I am grateful for having learned through...
Thora Margaret Orton
When one of our children was a few days old, a birthmark appeared...
Katherine C. Dudley with contributions from Robbie L. Williams
Shortly before our youngest child was born, the doctor who...
Dorinda Reed Staley with contributions from Samuel Sorber Staley
Letters to the Press
with contributions from M. Vivienne Bonazzi, Robert C. Peacock