Rest

Material medicine says: Lay aside your business cares, your household worries. Go to another climate and find change, relaxation, rest,—that is, go and find it for yourself, for we haven't it to give and cannot even direct your footsteps in the search. Students and philosophers, family and friends, are ever ready with the word of advice, "Go and rest!" Knowing well that bodily inaction is not rest, and that the effort to coax or browbeat the human mind into believing that the weary treadmill of material thinking can ever lead to peace or point the way to happiness, the thinkers of this age are being made ready for the acceptance of that which has been thrust aside through weary centuries. Students of Christian Science, whether so-called intellectual giants or those to whom Paul might be understood as having reference when he speaks of God choosing "the foolish things of the world to confound the wise," are daily proving in some measure the truth of Mrs. Eddy's statement in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" beginning on page 519, "The highest and sweetest rest, even from a human standpoint, is in holy work." Here we need to note that "holy" means "of highest spiritual purity," and in the effort to make our work of to-day, whatever it may be, measure up to that standard, great joy is experienced in the realization that the rest which we feared might be found only after what is called death may be demonstrated here and now.

"A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief"—but not hopelessly acquiescent nor acknowledging their supremacy, Jesus delivered his loving invitation to all humanity, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Error, a mistaken sense, seems always to be saying, "Come unto me, and I will give you—everything that the world has to offer, and the glories thereof"—but never rest. Christ Jesus, standing apart from all that materiality claims to be, ready to rise entirely above all belief in or acknowledgment of it as having power or existence, knowing that mere flesh and bones would soon be lost from sight and reach of tired hearts everywhere, issued his ringing message, vibrant with the reality of what we call mother love and fatherhood.

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