Clipping the Wings of Itinerancy

Our laying hens faithfully produced a basket of eggs each day. Apparently the hens saw greener grass on the other side of their fence. They regularly yielded to the temptation to "fly the coop." But the hens were well cared for and actually safer within the fence. We saw the fence as a protection. They saw it as a limitation. From time to time we would clip their wings to keep them in.

People, too, tend not to like being cooped up, so to speak, by limitations. Modern life has freed us from many unnecessary restrictions. Breaking down the limitations of time and space over the last century has given many the ability to travel virtually unrestrained over the face of the globe. Well and good. But Christian Science points out some pitfalls in the undiscriminating desire and persistent impulse to be ever on the move.

Like the hens, we find ourselves better cared for when we live within certain protections. Our protection is Mind's restful stillness. It is certainly not confining to be held in the arms of infinite reality. It is reassuring and comforting.

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From the Directors
March 5, 1977

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