Many flowers make a garden

Recently while visiting The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, I felt refreshed and inspired by the wondrous views, the infinite variety of form and color. While continuing to walk through the formal and informal gardens, I saw a correlation between the gardens and the different life styles of individuals, each with a unique pattern, sense of charm, and beauty.

I thought of Mrs. Eddy's definition of man as found in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health: "Man. The compound idea of infinite Spirit; the spiritual image and likeness of God; the full representation of Mind." Science and Health, p. 591. As the contribution of each flower to a meadow is distinct, and as both formal and informal gardens are beautiful, each in its own way—so man has distinct, spiritual individuality that is always beautiful. And we can daily demonstrate this spiritual individuality as our real selfhood. It is the true basis of our worth and our ability to contribute to humanity. Man as idea, the image and likeness of God, does not struggle to attain perfection but by divine right already has all good. Our birthright includes joy, spontaneity, love, and harmony.

Think in the present tense
May 20, 1985

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