Exalted Thoughts

Who among Christians has not experienced times when thought was exalted and great peace reigned? Who among Christian Scientists has not experienced these times, and when in the midst of them healed the sick and cleansed the sinner? The Christian Scientist prays for spiritual exaltation, expects the blessing, and receives it in proportion to his faith in and understanding of God, divine Truth and Love.

Now, spiritually exalted thought is the polar opposite of materiality. Indeed, it is in evidence only as material sense is silent. In other words, where materialism is rampant, spirituality with all its healing, redemptive power is absent. Let no one be in any doubt: the thought which is material, the thought which dwells on matter and the sensuous, is utterly opposed to the realities of Spirit, and as utterly is devoid of the inspirational, that which lifts mankind above the sick, the sorrowful, the sordid—and nullifies them.

How, then, may we attain to a measure of exalted thought? By waiting on God in humble, consecrated prayer, loving Him with all our heart, and extending our love to all mankind. It will never become ours by merely entreating God to bestow it upon us; it will never be bestowed upon us in any other way than through prayer and love. And what a power for good this thought carries with it, even the power to guide mankind out of the darkness of materiality into the clear light of spiritual understanding! Mrs. Eddy writes these illuminating words, the product of her own exalted thought (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 130): "Know ye not that he who exercises the largest charity, and waits on God, renews his strength, and is exalted? Love is not puffed up; and the meek and loving, God anoints and appoints to lead the line of mankind's triumphal march out of the wilderness, out of darkness into light."

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Lecture in The Mother Church
January 12, 1929

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