FOR many years the writer, while living on a country estate, had the opportunity of watching the efforts of young storks to fly. With a frightened fluttering of the wings they ventured at first just a little above the nest, each day increasing their efforts and flying somewhat higher; but it was only after several days that they ventured to fly beyond the edge of the nest. The mother bird, attentively standing by or flying in close circles around the nest, encouraged the young ones, lovingly helping and protecting them. In a few weeks these early efforts were crowned with success, and the young birds flew easily and safely over the countryside.
How often, since becoming a student of Christian Science, has the writer recalled these attempts of the young storks at flying, and considered her own spiritual progress in the light of the lessons she learned there!
Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, points to the ever-presence of the true protection of divine Love in one of her poems (Miscellaneous Writings, p.389; Poems, p.4), where she says: