Christian Science deals in miracles; it expects them and bears witness to them. The sick who have felt its compassionate touch have been miraculously saved, for the law of mortality has been broken for them. The inebriate, the insane, the blind, the deaf, the lame, the poor, the misunderstood, all can see God's miracle performed in their behalf. But some one may say: I need no healing; I am well-favored and well-to-do. Then that one especially needs the miracle of healing in order to be made really whole, to be rescued from the stupefaction of self-importance and self-satisfaction.

Miracles are the order of the day. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God," Jesus said to the tempter. The Word brings God's miracles,—the demonstrations of operative divine, law, raising the whole tone of human affairs from matter into mind. The miracle is natural. It is the normal event, defeating the procedure which mortality calls natural. It is wonderful only because mortality deals in suppositions, in the mediocrities of falsehood. The miracle is due to divine power, but its effect is discernible by physical sense and susceptible of human testimony. It is rational with God, though irrational according to the wisdom of this world; illogical to the materialist, but a heavenly fact. Mrs. Eddy has defined the word miracle as follows, in the Glossary of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 591): "That which is divinely natural, but must be learned humanly; a phenomenon of Science."

The word miracle does not sound as strange to-day to the public ear as it did before hard-headed, matter-of-fact soldiers and sailors talked about the angels of Mons, the miracles of Château-Thierry and Zeebrugge. Miracles are to be expected now in unraveling international tangles and establishing permanent peace. The miracle should not be made to wait upon war for its appearance, but should belong as surely to the piping times and tunes of peace as to the days of shot and shell. It should not be said of humanity that it needs terrible disasters to force it to be willing to admit the power of God as available and decisive in saving and healing men and nations.

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March 8, 1919

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