In the book of Daniel we read: "I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me." This is what Christian Scientists are doing the world over—looking up into heaven; not into the blue, starry canopy overhead, but up out of the material into the spiritual; to be as Paul says, "absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord;" out of finite into the infinite; away from the sordid conditions of mortal belief, and above the mutations of the transitory into the sacred sanctuary of God, Where the soul is saturated with His hallowed presence. "Oh, what must it be to be there!" in the language of an old hymn. We who are Christian Scientists know, for we have often been there—not in an idealistic realm of peace where we may "lay our burdens down," but rather by walking "in the spirit" and bearing our burdens, which are never too weighty, for Love gives us strength for our day.

Looking up—what a privilege! What a relief to be borne above the human horizon with its sense of limitation, and to have "understanding" come to us; the understanding that man is not a mere corporeal being subject to diseases and limitations of every nature, as the ages have claimed. For in Christ, Truth, is fulness, and Paul says we are "complete in him." Neither principalities nor powers can pluck us from God's hand, for He is omnipotence, and knows "no variableness, neither shadow of turning." Could anything be more secure or permanent?

November 20, 1909

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