"The glorious liberty"

The three progressive experiences of Peter in prison and his conduct after liberation therefrom typify, with marvelous fullness and exactness, the spiritual stages by which so many of us, following steadfastly though slowly beyond the bars of mere material existence, have come out, under the leadership of divine Science, into "a large place," where we at least glimpse "the glorious liberty of the children of God."

First there came the summons. Bound by heavy fetters as Peter was, guarded closely by armed soldiers within seemingly impassable walls, nevertheless "the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands." We, too, lay shackled by the senses, closely guarded by well-armed dogma, watchful prejudice, autocratic intellectuality, or inert ignorance, until some culminating experience smote us and made us aware that shades of the prison house had indeed closed round. It may have been some disease pronounced incurable, or the initial payment of sin's wages, or a desolating grief or sweeping loss of all material treasure, which brought us to the realization that a life sentence in one case, or a death sentence in another, had been passed upon us. Then a light shined in our prison and a voice bade us rise up quickly and follow. Words which had become mere memory rang with clear summoning promise for us here and now: "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

Bread from Heaven
April 19, 1919

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