Youth as Witnesses to Good

[Written Especially for Young People]

THERE is a remarkable story to be found in the fifth chapter of II Kings which gives a beautiful instance of how children and young people are indeed privileged to express the activity of divine good. It is the story of the freeing of Naaman from leprosy, in which a captive maid of Israel played a truly beautiful part.

Here was a child who had been wrested from her home and loved ones by the enemies of her people and compelled to serve in the household of the one who, according to material sense, she might ordinarily have looked upon as largely responsible for her separation from home. Naaman, it will be recalled, was captain of the Syrian army, and it was his wife upon whom she was made to wait. Yet this God-loving little maid apparently bore him no ill will. Despite the circumstances and environment in which she found herself, she was free to serve the true God, divine Principle. We may assume that she listened to no suggestions of self-pity, resentment, or revenge, but in trustful obedience, to God, divine Mind, reflected thoughts of spiritual freedom, good will, and forgiveness.

We read at the outset of this story that Naaman was an "honourable" man. Probably this little maid honored the noble individual and kind master for whom she could not help but feel the deepest solicitude. Hence her heartfelt prayer, "Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy."

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October 29, 1932

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