The Gate Called Beautiful

In the third chapter of the book of Acts, there is a well-known story regarding the visit of Peter and John to the temple, at the hour of prayer, where they found "at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful" a lame man asking alms of those who entered into the temple.

This story may be regarded as beautifully illustrated at Wednesday meetings in all Christian Science churches. Where can there be found in all of our experience in what Mrs. Eddy refers to in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 566) as our journey "from sense to Soul," a gate more beautiful than each of these weekly meetings, held in Christian Science churches in all parts of the world? Here one comes to spend an hour in rejoicing. And there are found at the gate, so to speak, the halt, the lame, the deaf, the dumb, the blind—sufferers from all manner of discords—who are asking an alms—a cup of cold water, a word of hope, a cheerful smile, a friendly greeting, an assurance of redemption—of those who are enjoying health, happiness, and joy through Christian Science.

Everyone giving a testimony is, in effect, repeating the words of Peter, "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." On that occasion, more than nineteen centuries ago, Peter testified that the Christ heals. And today the diseased and discordant are raised up and healed in untold numbers. The same Christ-healing that was operative then is operative now, and is being demonstrated daily throughout the world by Christian Scientists.

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Love Individually Reflected
February 9, 1935

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