"Rest in the Lord"

It is admitted by all who have some understanding of divine Principle—that is, of spiritual being—that the knowledge which they posses has brought to them a restfulness and a mental peace which they had not known until the truth began to dawn upon them. They have realized something of what the psalmist voiced when he said, "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him;" realized also to some extent the truth contained in the words of Christ Jesus, words which so often, throughout the centuries since they were uttered, have fallen upon the ears of the distressed with simplicity and tenderness, and which have brought untold consolation with them: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

The Old Testament, time and again, bears witness to the fact that spiritual understanding brings peace to him who gains it; and the New Testament contains many a reference from the lips of Jesus, and from those of his disciples also, that a knowledge of Truth assuredly produces a state of harmony, not only of mind but of body as well. The physical healings which characterized the mission of the Prophet of Nazareth, healings which were performed in demonstration of the truth of his teaching about God and man, were invariably the outcome of an enlightened and harmonious state of thinking. Indeed, they were primarily mental healings, as Christian Science explains. The regeneration of the individual being mental, this regeneration became evident in the healing of some discordant bodily condition.

What has been the cry of the human heart throughout the ages? What is its cry to-day? Most assuredly it is for peace, for harmony, for rest. And where will these be found? In the pleasures of the senses? In any of the innumerable devices of the human, so-called mind having matter as its basis of operation? Will matter or material energy ever bring to humanity the relief it demands from its suffering beliefs, the mental peace it yearns for from the nightmares of material sense? Never! It is utterly vain to imagine that peace can ever come in that way. How, then, can it be realized? Christian Science returns the answer unhesitatingly, with gladness and with assurance.

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February 25, 1922

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