A little over two years ago, while lying in the hospital, trying to decide whether to submit to a very critical operation which materia medica said was my only hope for relief, or to turn to Christian Science, I awakened one morning with these beautiful words from Isaiah's prophecy coming to me over and over again: "Arise, shine; for thy light is come." The clarion call was unmistakable, and I knew with the psalmist that "our help is in the name of the Lord." I turned to Christian Science, left the hospital, and in a few weeks I had "touched the hem of his garment." I knew instantly that I was healed, and I have been in absolutely perfect health every day since.

"Arise, shine." What wonderful words are these when illumined by Christian Science! "Arise"—ascend in consciousness from the material to the spiritual. The prophet says. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts," and this surely means that we should arise to a higher plane of thought if we would be like God. We must arise if we would shine,—reflect God,—and after we have arisen we are bound to shine. When Jesus went up into the high mountain and was transfigured, we read that "his face did shine as the sun." Likewise, all who follow him to the high mountain of scientific understanding, and are transfigured with the spiritual illumination, will "shine as the sun."

"Thy light is come,"—the knowledge that we are not material beings, bound down by the weight of mortal beliefs, but that we have ascended into the realm of the real—the spiritual. This light floods us from all the pages of the Bible: "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light." "And they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light." "Thy light is come." Now—this day—"is salvation come to this house."

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January 22, 1910

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