The Springtide of Soul
by Albert F. Engel
Springtime has always been the symbol of promise, hope, and fulfillment. When the long winter is past, and the cold hardness of things begins to soften, earth’s drabness changes into newness and growth, freshness, color, and flower. As the warming, lengthening days of spring bring beautiful blossoms, so in Christian Science the glorious sunshine of Truth melts away the suffering caused by sickness and sin, and brings spiritual peace and progress. As we study Christian Science, the regenerating law and power of divine Love unfold to our waiting consciousness, which has been separated, only by false belief, from the blessings of spiritual sense. To the human mind, God, good, seems far removed.
But in the light of divine revelation, that comes through humble prayer, we understand that God is the source of all perfection, and we find the healing assurance of ever-present harmony, security, and progress. True Christianity is the healing power of divine Love, which exchanges the soiled, outgrown garments of selfishness, small-mindedness, criticism, and hate, for the glistening robes of benevolence, bigness of heart, conciliation, and love. The law of Spirit, taught by Jesus, destroys the false beliefs of worn-out creeds, dogma, and ritualism, and replaces them with spiritual understanding, Christlikeness, and wisdom. As this spiritual understanding comes through fidelity to Truth and singleness of thought, we gain a natural expectancy of good.
Material-mindedness, sensuousness, appetite, and greed are put out by the higher, holier senses of Soul, where true satisfaction is found. The Bible says of a man, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Godlike aspirations, pure desires, and true Christian effort, always point upward and away from matter.
The heart, longing for freedom from the limitations of material sense, is never disappointed, if sincerity and wisdom dominate his thought. Healing is the inevitable result of spiritual-mindedness. In the practice of Christian Science, getting results is always the result of obedience to divine Principle. As a gardener would do, the seeker for Truth gives his mental seedlings diligent attention and care, obeying the spiritual direction of the Bible. The ground of his thinking is prepared by diligence and consecration to Truth, and by expressing love, kindness, forgiveness, and compassion to others. The stones of material-mindedness, envy, malice, and hatred must be removed from thought, and the weeds of passion, strife, and dishonesty uprooted. Through this spiritual activity, the radiant ideas of infinite Mind will unfold in man’s consciousness and bring forth abundant fruitage. The healing of sickness, sin, disease, poverty, discouragement, and loss, through Christian Science, is positive and certain. The saving power of truth operates through the practice of Christian Science to heal all the shackling lies of materialism, and reveal the universe of God’s creating. Glorying in the affluence of God, the Psalmist sang: “Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, . . . thou blessest the springing thereof. . . . The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.” Like the Psalmist, we rejoice in the abundance of good which, in the heaven of spiritual understanding, is forever revealing itself as the “springtide of Soul.”