Cleaning the picture

A painting bought at a country auction was so covered with the grime of many decades that the landscape and figures it portrayed could hardly be recognized. The owner took it to an experienced restorer, who promptly set about removing the dirt. This resulted in two surprises. Some somber, threatening clouds were exposed, obviously superimposed by a later, rather inexpert hand. These were removed. Also, the cleaning uncovered a signature—that of the original artist.

In various ways, picture restoration reminds one of the restorative work of Christian Science, which brings to light man's native health and purity.

Note that the original picture never deteriorated. It was not damaged or permanently camouflaged by accumulated dirt. In a similar way we can recognize that the work of the divine Principle of the universe, or Truth, cannot be invalidated, falsified, inhibited, or distorted by the mistakes or misunderstandings of mortal belief. God's work is inviolable and untouched by anything that may seem to happen or to have happened.

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Whose will?
November 3, 1980

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