"Stretch forth thy hand"

When Jesus did his healing work, he very often demanded significant activity on the part of his patient. To the ten lepers he said, "Go shew yourselves unto the priests;" and we are told that "as they went, they were cleansed." To the impotent man beside the pool of Bethesda he said, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk;" and we find that "immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked." To the one with the withered hand he said, "Stretch forth thy hand." And when the man had obeyed, "his hand was restored whole as the other."

As Christian Scientists, are we not all striving to gain our healing from some phase of the belief of life and intelligence in matter, and thus to progress to a higher understanding of God? And to the extent that we need healing, are we not patients from whom some activity may rightly be demanded? Do we sometimes wonder why we have not progressed more rapidly in our understanding and demonstration of spiritual harmony? Perhaps it would be helpful if we would apply to ourselves Jesus' command to his patient to stretch forth his hand, and find through our own right activity the healing of sickness and sorrow and false belief made manifest. It was when Jesus' patients were obedient to such requests as he made that they received their healing; and it is the daily experience of Christian Scientists that obedience to the teachings of the Bible, and to such interpretation of its commands as may be found in Mrs. Eddy's writings, including the Manual of The Mother Church, invariably confers healing.

October 31, 1925

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