Pruning the apricot tree

Pruning unlovely and unspiritual thoughts and character traits pares away whatever would keep us from bearing the fruit of spiritual progress.

My mom had a beautiful old apricot tree in her backyard. The tree had lush green leaves and was perfect in every way. The only problem was that it had not put forth a single apricot in the 18 years it had been there.

In Mary Baker Eddy’s primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, we read: “The tree and herb do not yield fruit because of any propagating power of their own, but because they reflect the Mind which includes all. . . . 

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