I listened one day to a little brook as it went singing along. It babbled to me of cool spots and of shady nooks away from the haunts of others.
I followed my little friend to a place where sweet-scented ferns and grass, shaded by the trees, whispered thoughts of peace to me. I lay flat on the ground and listened to the voice of Nature.
I slept, and in my sleep a vision came. I was shown that all Nature is alive and filled with One Presence. I beheld in the brook the laughter of God; in the overhanging branches the protection of the Infinite; in the waving grass and ferns the whisperings of God’s Love. I sensed in this atmosphere the vitality of Life; and the sun reflected in the little stream covered all with a golden glow.
I woke refreshed and renewed in mind and body, and I went again into the places where people live, confident and happy.
Excerpted from A Holmes Reader for All Seasons by Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind Publishing.
An electronic version of this book can be obtained from the Science of Mind and Library Foundation.