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!

Every mortal is more or less a prey to false beliefs and material impulses. What, then, can lift him above his temptations? The host of spiritual ideas which reveal to one the characteristics, and also the real health, of man created in the likeness of Spirit. Christian Science thus relieves mankind of the anxiety which invariably accompanies the mistaken assumption that health, happiness, and intelligence are inherent in a material body. It shows one that all these gifts of God are primarily and eternally spiritual; therefore exempt from degeneration or annihilation. Christian Science helps one not only to aspire to, but actively to grasp and to demonstrate more and more of the true nature of man; to enter into the joy of spiritual reflection, and to find release from human woe in the secret place of God's perfection; for into spiritual reflection, sin and sickness cannot enter.

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Spiritual Communion
July 13, 1929

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