"A more excellent ministry"

In the fourth chapter of Luke's Gospel is narrated the healing, by the Master, of Simon's mother-in-law. According to the writer this healing was of an acute illness from which the patient found herself suddenly well, for we read that "immediately she arose and ministered unto them." What a mark of gratitude was this, and how significant of this woman's sincerity and appreciation of her instantaneous healing!

Not always did Jesus find in those he healed a sense of gratitude, as witness the nine out of the ten lepers who did not return to give thanks to the one through whom they had been cleansed of their dread disease. With this woman, however, the desire to render some loving service in token of her gratitude was uppermost in her thought. Nothing is so happifying and satisfying to one as engaging in some unselfed work for others. It is only natural that those who experience some great and wondrous good should desire to share this good with others.

Perhaps the most outstanding example of this sharing may be found in Mrs. Eddy's experience, for after her own healing of the result of an accident she drew apart for three years from the world of commonplace experiene to meditate and ponder the deep things of God. Her purpose was not only to discover the Science of that which had healed her, but also, and indeed mainly, that she might minister unto others in a way that should reach all humanity. Thus our Leader established the Church of Christ, Scientist.

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The Naturalness of Truth
December 18, 1937

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