The Burning Bush

Some years ago a friend of the writer was healed in Christian Science. It was a remarkable case, for he was not only reformed but transformed. When the writer first saw him after his healing, he stood amazed as at a miracle. On inquiring what had wrought this marvel, he was told that it was Christian Science, and then he was obliged to inquire further what was meant by the phrase. On being informed, he concluded very naturally that he must learn of this wonder-working power and win some share in its great good. Still he did not succeed. For fifteen years he lingered without the gates of the city, catching glimpses ever and anon of the light and joy within, but never able to win his way to its heart. It began to seem certain to him that he never would have part or lot with those happy citizens. Nevertheless, the day came when he had given up self entirely, and then like a little child he was gently led by the hand within the gates, where presently he began by degrees to behold the light, "for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof."

Sometimes thought looked back to that healing of the friend fifteen years before, and wonder would arise that the truth had not then been seen and felt, and the apostle's searching question came, "Who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?" This question remained unanswered for some time, for more important thoughts called for attention and study; but the student waited in patience and meekness, knowing that every question will be answered in its own proper time, "for there is nothing covered," Jesus declared, "that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known."

November 6, 1915

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