Signs of Activity

[Written Especially for Young People]

A TEACHER in a Christian Science Sunday School had pointed out to her pupils that in many cases of healing which he accomplished, Jesus demanded a sign of activity. She explained how he had said to one with a withered hand, "Stretch forth thy hand;" to a palsied man, "Take up thy bed, and go thy way;" and to the synagogue ruler's daughter, who was dead, "Maid, arise."

A few Sundays later, when the subject of the Lesson-Sermon was Christ Jesus, as she was consecratedly preparing her lesson for Sunday school, the teacher thought of Jesus and his active thinking, as well as his commands to be always alert and awake. When she reached her Sunday school class that morning, she was met by one of her pupils with the following exclamation: "Oh, I'm so glad to be here. Early this morning, when I was getting ready for Sunday school, I became very ill. I was alone in the house, as my mother had gone off to do some church work. I did not think I could get to Sunday school, and then I remembered, as I lay in bed, what you had told us about Jesus' demanding a sign of activity in his cases of healing, and how he had said to the synagogue ruler's daughter, 'Maid, arise'; and so I arose, and here I am, healed, and so grateful."

A dictionary definition of "activity" is "state or quality of vigorous or energetic action." Mrs. Eddy's statement in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 150), "Now, as then, signs and wonders are wrought in the metaphysical healing of physical disease," shows that through spiritually right thinking the same signs of healing can be brought forth today as when the Master trod the earth.

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January 5, 1935

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