‘T-i-m-b-e-r!’

Reprinted from the March 14, 1970 Sentinel

If you’re in the forest when a cut tree starts to fall, you’ll hear the warning cry, “T-i-m-b-e-r!”—even in this day of chain saws and hydraulic shears. But for the lumberjack who used an ax, the cry was far more than a warning. It was his exclamation of triumph, announcing that perseverance and skill had prevailed again.

“T-i-m-b-e-r!” is significant to Christian Scientists, too. Why? They’re lumberjacks in the forests of human thinking, summoned by these words of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science and their pioneer Leader, in the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “A book introduces new thoughts, but it cannot make them speedily understood. It is the task of the sturdy pioneer to hew the tall oak and to cut the rough granite. Future ages must declare what the pioneer has accomplished.” 1

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