The Healing Touch

IN I Samuel we are told that when an evil spirit was upon Saul, "David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him." David had been commended to Saul as being comely, prudent, valiant, and cunning in playing; and it was added, "The Lord is with him." It is evident that neither the personal comeliness of David nor his manipulation of the harpstrings could alone have brought healing to Saul; but, rather, it was David's consciousness of the presence of God that enabled him to dispel the sense of suffering and leave Saul refreshed. Mrs. Eddy says in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 213), "Mortal mind is the harp of many strings, discoursing either discord or harmony according as the hand, which sweeps over it, is human or divine." David's playing was not mere sound; it was the result of inward harmony.

It was because Mary Baker Eddy's thought was attuned to divine harmony that she was able to receive the wondrous message of the Christ-healing, which lifted her from the bondage of suffering and what looked like impending death. This experience, added to her already great faith in God, gave her the assurance that God is divine Principle, including all rules of harmony; and she set about to discover them. Her faithful and tireless efforts were justified, and the result of her consecration was given to the world in Christian Science. A study of the textbook of Christian Science shows that the Principle of its teaching is divine and its governing rule the Golden Rule.

Thousands who had formerly come with trembling lips and doubting hearts to plead before the unseen throne of an unknown God, now lift their voices in praise to their Father-Mother, who has been revealed to them through Mrs. Eddy's writings as the God who is Love. Many of them have exchanged a false concept of a wrathful and vengeful Jehovah for the precious understanding of a kind and loving Father-Mother God. To those seeking happiness; to those whose hearts are empty; to those bound by suffering and sin, the Christ, Truth, comes like a strain of sweetest music and wakens hope anew. Mrs. Eddy has beautifully described this experience in the well-known lines (Poems, p. 12):

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Study and Service
January 28, 1928

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