"AWAKE THOU THAT SLEEPEST"

The modern English word "wake" is from the Anglo-Saxon wacan, arise. Then the word of Jesus to Jairus' daughter, "Damsel, I say unto thee, Arise," could be rendered in plain English, Young woman, I say unto thee, Wake up. And the Master's word to the sick of the palsy, "Arise and walk," could be read, Wake up and walk. In the case of Lazarus, Jesus said, "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep;" but, to meet the dull senses of the disciples the Master finally said, "Lazarus is dead."

The psalmist sang, "I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." In this text man's perfect state of being in God is declared, and also the way of salvation. God is perfect, therefore the real man is perfect. If any illusion of imperfection is upon us, we need to awake to the perfection of man in God, and so be disillusioned and have our waking thoughts bright with the praise of "perfect God and perfect man" (Science and Health, p. 259). Thus sin, sickness, and death are shown to be but ugly dreams that attend those who are asleep and dead in the senses. The way out is to wake to the perfection of God and man, and the spiritual law and order, to see the kingdom of heaven on earth and everywhere else,—God's will and law working on earth as it is in heaven. In other words, heaven is universal and eternal, and we must awake to this fact of present and eternal and universal harmony.

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