The "Word" that Heals

The 107th psalm presents in a remarkable way the struggles of mortals by land and sea in their efforts to escape from the bondage of sin, disease, and the dread of death. It is curiously interesting to see how little the problems of mankind, under the influence of material belief, have changed throughout the years. That which shines like a great light through this record of mortal experience, however, is the fact that divine Love is forever irresistibly drawing humanity away from mortal illusions to the truth which overcomes all evil. As we read this psalm we are reminded of our Leader's words (Science and Health, p. 323), "Through the wholesome chastisements of Love, we are helped onward in the march toward righteousness, peace, and purity."

Many and varied are the types of human character presented by the psalmist—those who are hungry and thirsty for Truth, those who are in darkness and affliction "because they rebelled against the words of God," and others who are sick and sorrowful; but we are told of all who cried to God for help, that "he sent his word, and healed them." The student of Christian Science loves to linger over these words, the truth of which he is daily proving, because he knows that it is always the divine word which heals, whether it come through an inspired writer or through some one who understands what the word of God can do. Even our Master did not claim that he himself healed the sick, but that it was the word of Truth which he declared, as when he said, "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." After witnessing his demonstrations and listening to his teaching, it is little wonder that the people said, "What a word is this!"

The Way of Ascent
May 6, 1916

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