Editor’s note: I wrote the original draft of The Prisoner of 1967 in 2009, then went over it again in 2015, but I feel that it is time to actually post it (in 2020) because of the conditions around the world right now.
In Mary Baker Eddy’s illustrated poem Christ and Christmas there are two illustrations that I have been trying to differentiate between for quite some time – the fact that one presents the idea of being JOINED with CHRIST and one presents the idea of being UNITED with CHRIST. Just what is the difference? These two illustrations are the second illustration CHRIST HEALING and the ninth illustration CHRISTIAN UNITY (as seen below). Perhaps my answer lies in the seventh illustration SUFFER THE CHILDREN (also seen below) where the nymph is reading Science and Health Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy? Perhaps the answer lies here because the seventh illustration is located on Sharon’s Rose Matrix in the position of the Word as Christianity?