Andrew's other garden

Have you ever been in England? It rains a lot there, and that makes the flowers grow so well, and the grass is very green. Perhaps this is why English people like gardening. They nearly all do—even the children.

Andrew is an English boy. He is six years old and already a gardener. At the back of the house where Andrew lives there is a lot of green grass and in the grass a small round flower bed that is his own. Here he can work hard at digging, pulling up weeds, and planting seeds. In springtime there are primroses and violets in Andrew's garden, and in summer it is bright with marigolds and candytuft. Andrew plants seeds and watches them grow, and when the flowers are out, he shares them with his friends.

Andrew has another garden, a very special garden. It is even more important than the round flower bed in the grass. It is a thought-garden. In this garden there are quiet, gentle thoughts like primroses and thoughts as bright and upright as marigolds. But sometimes weeds start to grow, such as disobedience or sickness. If these appear, Andrew has learned to pull them up by knowing that all real thoughts come from God and are good. Mrs. Eddy tells us, "God's thoughts are perfect and eternal, are substance and Life." Science and Health, p. 286;

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