The torch of spiritual understanding

In earlier days it was a common sight at twilight to see a lamplighter with his torch going through the town lighting street lamps for others to see by. This is one image that comes to thought when the word torch is used to symbolize a means of spreading enlightenment and inspiration. Referring to spiritual enlightenment as humanity's great need, Mary Baker Eddy observes in Science and Health: "If men would bring to bear upon the study of the Science of Mind half the faith they bestow upon the so-called pains and pleasures of material sense, they would not go on from bad to worse, until disciplined by the prison and the scaffold; but the whole human family would be redeemed through the merits of Christ,—through the perception and acceptance of Truth. For this glorious result Christian Science lights the torch of spiritual understanding" (p. 202).

I will always remember the occasion when someone offered me this torch at a time when I was in gloom and darkness. My whole world seemed to be going "from bad to worse" with no apparent way out. Filled with fear, I prayed, "Dear God, show me what to do."

June 10, 1996

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