"It is well"

When the Shunammite, seeking spiritual aid in behalf of her son, who had died, was asked, "Is it well with the child?" and replied, "It is well," she was declaring a great, eternal, life-giving truth. This declaration was a telling blow at the error that must otherwise have seemed to her very real. It was a declaration of the truth by one who had trust in God and proportionate power to assist in casting out the belief of death. She hastened to the man of God, who understood God better than she did, for help in solving the problem confronting her. That her decision in this matter was a wise one became evident when her son, through the inspired assistance of Elisha, was restored to life.

There is Scriptural authority for the affirmation this woman made. Does not the Bible declare that man is the image of God? How, then, can man die or be separated from God? Can a ray of the sun be extinguished while the sun remains? The sun without its rays would cease to be expressed; and this illustrates the truth that God, without man to reflect or express Him, would cease to be creative Mind. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, makes this truth plain in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 306), where she has written: "Life demonstrates Life. The immortality of Soul makes man immortal. If God, who is Life, were parted for a moment from His reflection, man, during that moment there would be no divinity reflected. The Ego would be unexpressed, and the Father would be childless,—no Father."

We read in the eighth chapter of the Gospel of Luke that Christ Jesus was once called to the house of a ruler of the synagogue whose daughter was dead. In dispelling the belief of death and restoring the maid to life, the Master declared, "She is not dead, but sleepeth;" and the account continues, "They laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead." The Master was able to restore this young girl by applying the same spiritual law of Life used centuries before by Elisha in restoring the son of the Shunammite.

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True Waiting
January 21, 1933

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