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2020 Metaphysical Theme: Find & Grow Your Treasures of Truth [like *pearls grow!]

On page 265 of Science and Health, Mary Baker Eddy writes:

"Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged. Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, in order that sin and mortality may be put off. This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggest man's absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace." (SH 265:3)

[Holly Huff Bruland:] We invite you to join us in "gravitat[ing] Godward." Camp is the perfect place to discover and enlarge your treasures of Truth. Every "met" (inspirational sharing before activities), every breakfast Christian Science practitioner talk, every Bible Lesson study, every hymn sing, every Sunday School class, and testimony meeting offer campers nuggets of Truth to make their own. And each activity offers opportunities to apply these Truths and prove their value – to really turn them into treasures for life!

The list in this passage is such a beautiful promise of the (priceless pearls* or) blessings realized through spiritual growth:

-Enlarged individuality

-A wider sphere of thought and action

-A more expansive love

-A higher and more permanent peace

We see this list as so contemporary, as so on-target, and as so timeless. This is as exactly what today's youth needs – and exactly what today's world needs.

*[W:] Pearls are wonderful examples of the “treasures of Truth and Love” and how they are grown. Pearls grow in oysters only because irritants have entered their shells and the oysters respond by secreting on them layers after soothing-layers of irritant-soothers such as a spiritual sense of love and peace. Let’s take that as a challenge to be like the oyster and turn everything that looks negative and ugly into a string of beautiful pearls by applying layer upon layer of a spiritual sense of love and peace to grow our treasures of Truth and Love!

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