Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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that we enter not into the temptation of ease in sin; and
let us not forget that others before us have laid upon the
altar all that we have to sacrifice, and have passed to
their reward.  Too soon we cannot turn from disease
in the body to find disease in the mortal mind, and its cure,
in working for God.  Thought must be made better, and
human life more fruitful, for the divine energy to move
it onward and upward.
   Warmed by the sunshine of Truth, watered by the
heavenly dews of Love, the fruits of Christian Science
spring upward, and away from the sordid soil of self and
matter.  Are we clearing the gardens of thought by uprooting
the noxious weeds of passion, malice, envy, and
strife?  Are we picking away the cold, hard pebbles of
selfishness, uncovering the secrets of sin and burnishing
anew the hidden gems of Love, that their pure perfection
shall appear?  Are we feeling the vernal freshness and
sunshine of enlightened faith?
   The weeds of mortal mind are not always destroyed
by the first uprooting; they reappear, like devastating
witch-grass, to choke the coming clover.  O stupid gardener!
watch their reappearing, and tear them away from
their native soil, until no seedling be left to propagate -
and rot.
   Among the manifold soft chimes that will fill the haunted
chambers of memory, this is the sweetest: "Thou hast
been faithful!"

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