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From the September 1957 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The vital element of a Christian Science lecture is its healing mission. The lecture combines the sowing of the seed and the gathering of the harvest of Truth, rich in health and holiness.

Jesus must have loved the wide fields of grain, grown full through the months, ready for reaping, for grinding into flour, and finally for making into bread. As Jesus looked across the fields at harvest-time, his thought must surely have turned to the spiritual harvest which was to be gathered, for he said (John 4:35), "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest."

Mary Baker Eddy too must have loved the rolling farm lands of her family homestead at Bow, New Hampshire. As a child, she must have thrilled to the rich harvest of fall, the ingathering of all the crops. And in later years as she looked out upon the valley and hills at Pleasant View, her home in Concord, New Hampshire, she saw the carpet of crimson and gold covering the countryside in the autumn of the year, and the waiting grain, ripe for harvest.

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