Healing Words

In the reign of King Hezekiah, when Sennacherib, king of Assyria, was planning an attack upon Jerusalem, Hezekiah assembled his people and discussed the situation with them, reminding them that spiritual power is always superior to a material claim of power. The effect of his speech is recorded thus: "And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah."

How, as Christian Scientists, we long to have our words such that our fellow-men may rest in them! As we learn to rest in divine Love more and more trustingly, the words which we speak become restful, happy, and loving. As we learn to depend entirely upon divine Mind, our words become spontaneous and wise. In the measure that our own thought is healed, our words carry healing to others.

Words need not be many. A human sense of eloquence and wisdom is not prerequisite to the utterance of words that are divinely healing. On the contrary, it has been a common experience of prophets that human eloquence and wisdom must be laid upon the altar of Spirit with a humble, "Nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt." This is a part of becoming as a little child. When Moses was chosen of God to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, he protested that he was "slow of speech, and of a slow tongue." Now in the book of Acts we read of Moses that before his exile in the land of Midian he was "learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds." Apparently he had forgotten about this; for he insisted that he was not eloquent. God comforted him with the assurance, "I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." The true eloquence which Moses learned to reflect continues through the ages in its healing mission.

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January 26, 1929

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