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From the December 1957 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn" (Luke 2:7).

No room in the inn. What a pithy description of the state of consciousness into which the Christ, Truth, cannot come. Thought which is utterly occupied with the bustle and elbowing of the world, the traffic and confusion of commerce, the vain pleasures of person and sense, offers no space or time for the meek and tender Christ. Yet the Christ, Truth, can and does appear in an uncluttered atmosphere of serenity, in the company of docile, gentle, and obedient thoughts.

Such were the surroundings into which Jesus came. So Christian Science was discovered. And such is the state of thought we must cultivate, as followers of Christ, Truth, if we are to continue progressively in our own demonstration of the precepts and examples which have been provided for us. Our Master, Christ Jesus, said (Matt. 5:8), "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." And in "Miscellaneous Writings" Mary Baker Eddy says (p. 168), "Note this: only such as are pure in spirit, emptied of vainglory and vain knowledge, receive Truth."

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