Lessons from a Sunbeam

During the Sunday morning service in a Christian Science church a sunbeam entering a window in the dome of the auditorium continued gradually to make its way toward the Biblical verse emblazoned on the wall: "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." When the readings of the Lesson-Sermon on "Substance," in the Christian Science Quarterly, were nearly finished, the sunbeam, having gently moved across the wall, illumined the word "know." Then, as the service was concluded, it illumined the word "make."

The incident reminded one observer of the important qualifying context preceding these simple yet powerful words of Jesus. The whole statement of the Master, as recorded by John, reads, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Continuing in the word of the Master, striving to understand and live his message of peace and good will, Christian Scientists constantly improve their discipleship. As the course of the sunbeam so clearly emphasized, they learn to "know," understand, the truth; and all powerful Truth destroys mortal error and makes the sincere student free. It frees him from specific beliefs of sin and disease; and, finally, when thought is completely purified, it will free him from the belief of life in matter and its consequent, death.

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