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"HE SHALL BE LIKE A TREE"

From the April 1918 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Standing in a great forest and looking up at the colossal giants of pine as they grow in the East, the spruce and hemlock of the North, the redwood of the Pacific slope, or the mahogany and rosewood and cedar of the far South, who has not felt inspired at the sight? Looking through the canopy of green boughs into the immensity of a sky most beautifully blue, walking through nature's temple decorated in sunlight and shadow and gladdened by twittering nestling and mother bird's loving call, who, looking and laughing in very joyousness, has not turned in memory to the sweet singer of Israel and his beautiful simile in the first psalm, wherein he compares the godly man to "a tree planted by the rivers of water"? Thus thinking, one is reminded of the aptness of the comparison and finds new reasons for gratitude to God and to the Discoverer of Christian Science for the way-marks of Truth contained in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" that enable us to see so much of beauty and freshness and helpfulness in the Bible, which to some of us formerly seemed so unattractive and unsatisfactory because not understood. The lesson in the passage of Scripture referred to is only appreciated to the fullest through the recognition of the condition required to become the recipient of the blessings of growth and stability which the psalmist described as being "like a tree.