"What hast thou in the house?"

In II Kings there is related the story of a widow who went to the prophet Elisha saying that her husband was dead, and that a creditor had come to take her two sons to be bondmen. When the prophet asked her what she had in the house, she replied, "Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil." Thereupon the prophet told her to "borrow not a few" empty vessels from her neighbors, that she might fill them with oil; to shut the door; to sell the oil, thereby gaining the wherewithal to pay her debt; and to live on the rest.

Let us consider this story in the light of Christian Science; for its spiritual intent is to give comfort, hope, faith, understanding, freedom, and love.

Knowing that the prophet had power with God, the widow, whose husband had been one of "the sons of the prophets," willingly and trustfully turned to him for help. Are we as willing to turn to God for assistance and guidance —to God, who has been and is a very present help in need? Are we willing to turn from our own outlining, to approach Him with true humility, and to accept with unprejudiced attitude the truth as set forth in Christian Science? If so, we shall be blessed and rewarded with good.

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Meekness and Might
November 2, 1929

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