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Shepherd show me how to go

O’er the hillside steep,

How to gather, how to sow,

How to feed Thy sheep;

I will listen for Thy voice,

Lest my footsteps stray;

I will follow and rejoice

All the rugged way.

Thou wilt bind the stubborn will,

Wound the callous breats,

Make self-righteousness be still,

Break earth’s stupid rest.

Strangers on a barren shore,

Lab’ring long and lone,

We would enter by the door,

And Thou know’st Thine own;

So, when day grows dark and cold,

Tear or triumph harms,

Lead Thy lambkins to the fold,

Take them in Thine arms;

Feed the hunger, heal the heart,

Till the morning’s beam;

White as wool, ere they depart,

Shepherd, wash them clean.

written by Mary Baker Eddy

Franklin Garden Club hosted a presentation on colchicum: the best kept autumn secret. Sometimes mistaken for corcus, the colchicum is their own species. They sprout leaves in the spring and after those leaves grow and die during the summer, they sprout flowers in the fall, up until a hard frost.

We read in 21st Century Science and Health, “Nature voices spiritual law and divine Love, but the human mortal mindset misinterprets nature. Arctic regions, sunny tropics, coral reefs, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, flowering deserts, and galaxies—all point to Mind, the spiritual intelligence they reflect. The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity. Quantum mechanics, gravity, and the cosmos teach grand lessons. The stars make night beautiful, and the leaf turns naturally toward the light.”

1 Peter 3:14-16

English Standard Version (ESV)

14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

Celebrating Women’s History Month this month of March, I recall amazing women of today, yesterday, and long ago.

Women from the Bible include Mary, the mother of Jesus, Ruth, the Moabite, Queen Esther, Priscilla, and Elizabeth. For a more complete list, click here.

We read in, 21st Century Science and Health, “The women who stood near Jesus’ cross were able to answer Pilate’s question, “What is truth?”[1] They knew what had inspired their devotion, motivated their faith, and opened the eyes of their understanding. They identified with the Principle that healed the sick, cast out evil, and caused the disciples to say to their Teacher: “Even the demons submit to us in your name.”[2]


[1] John 18:38

[2] Luke 10:17