Now that spring has finally come to upstate New York, I can be found outside in the green grass. When it isn’t pouring rain.
From 21st Century Science and Health: “The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, “Happy are those who claim nothing, for the whole earth will belong to them!” The modest carnation flower sends her sweet breath to heaven. The great rock gives shadow and shelter. The sunlight flows into the church and prison cell, glides into the sick room, brightens the earth, beautifies the landscape and blesses the galaxy. Not human beings, but living beings, made in Soul’s likeness, possess and reflect God’s dominion to bless the environment.”
 Matt. 5:5 (Phillips NT)
Down the road from where I live is a grape vineyard. Uncared for. Neglected. The trellised vines are still standing, but the amount of fruit produced is negligible.
Farmers know that they need to prune their trees and plants in order to be productive. Excessive limbs and vines are cut out so they don’t block sunshine and hog all the space. Fruit is then allowed to grow to a respectable productive size.
I suppose the small vineyard down the road hasn’t been removed, maybe for sentimental reasons, or just because no one wants to do the work. It’s not hurting anyone and the little bit of fruit is probably feeding the birds. But is there more?
What would stop me from pruning?
Am I holding on to useless thoughts that block the sunshine of truth?
Am I neglecting to prune out excessive nonsense that prohibits the fruits of Spirit from growing?
A list of useless thoughts and actions includes: praying my life away; keeping things I don’t need; deluding myself into thinking something in this world is complete and perfect; retiring into apathy.
From 21st Century Science and Health:
Calling on Mind to forgive our unfinished or sloppy work, is useless.
Uselessness and backwardness are not legitimate states. God made us free
Paul writes, “If Christ [Truth] has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” That is, if the idea of the supremacy of Spirit doesn’t come to your consciousness, you cannot be benefited by what I say.
Until the opponents of divine Science test its efficacy according to its rules which reveal its usefulness or uselessness, it would be fair to observe the Scriptural precept, “Do not judge.”
Surely we need to do more than preserve unreliable and useless dogmas, derived from religious traditions and stamped with human approval or authorization.
I found this lilac tree out in the middle of a pasture, with no other lilac around. It is stunningly beautiful and majestic, reminding me of we read in 21st Century Science and Health, “Would life without friends be empty? Then the time will come when you will feel alone, without sympathy, but this vacuum is filled with divine Love. When this time comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will force you to accept what best promotes your spiritual growth. Friends will betray and enemies will slander, until the lesson is learned, and you are exalted; for “man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.”
 Quote attributed to John Flavel, (1627–1691) English Presbyterian.