"Exalted to safety"

Notwithstanding the fact that he to whom all Christendom looks for example and doctrine went about constantly healing the sick and even raised the dead, the criticism is sometimes brought against Christian Science that it makes the body of undue importance, in that people turn to this system of healing for physical relief, and at their Wednesday evening meetings repeatedly give thanks for having been freed from bodily suffering. If, however,—as is happening all over the world,—these same critics earnestly seek to know more of what has proved such a blessing to many of their friends and neighbors, and themselves attend one of these meetings of praise and thanksgiving, they are impressed by the fact that those who have been relieved of disease give more fervent thanks for the spiritual awakening by which the relief was accomplished, than for the freedom from physical ills, even when those ills have been the grimmest and most relentless known to the medical profession. With that simplicity and lack of self-consciousness which comes from the deep experiences of life, in almost the same phraseology one witness after another is heard to declare that above all he is thankful for the spiritual uplift, for the clearer understanding of God, which has come to him through Christian Science.

When Job was suffering utter anguish of mind and body, it will be remembered that Eliphaz the Temanite, advising, said: "I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause;" and he spoke of the marvelous things without number which God performs in order "to set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety." These words express most beautifully that sense of spiritual uplift spoken of again and again in those Wednesday evening meetings of thanksgiving which now encircle the globe. It is not so much the sense of safety from some dread foe to peace and joy and useful activity, but it is the knowledge of having been "exalted to safety," of having come higher up, nearer to God, because of this healing; it is the blessed realization that the kingdom of heaven has been brought closer to human experience.

The Attainment of True Happiness
December 13, 1919

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