Upward Wings

When beset with dread of his enemies, with desire for revenge and dreariness of heart, the Psalmist cried yearningly, "Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest." In other words, he sought to flee from his own mental condition and longed for peace. How many to-day are echoing his cry! The mortal in distress seeks other climates and other companions, and tries in vain to outrun his troubles and his sickness by merely shifting his body from place to place. Now Christian Science gently insists that the only change needed is a radical change of thought; that one must not flee from his troubles, physical or moral, but face them with divine Truth and Love. In proportion as one utilizes the wings of pure desire, spiritual aspiration, and spiritual understanding, it is not the perplexed mortal who takes flight, but his trouble and his sickness which flee from him; for did not James say, "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you"?

On page 2 of her Message to The Mother Church for 1901 Mrs. Eddy writes, "Only a firm foundation in Truth can give a fearless wing and a sure reward." Progress consists in a continual rising to higher demonstrations of Godlikeness. In other words, Christian Science enables each one to exchange his finite and fear-ridden concept of himself for the spiritual understanding of his identity as a child of God—and this rids him of fear!

Spiritual Communion
July 13, 1929

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