To Pray and to Pause

In all the Gospel records of the life of Christ Jesus, his love for solitude is readily discerned. He must have felt the urgent need for silent communion with God in preparation for his healing work, both early in the morning and at the close of day. We read that, after healing the mother of Simon's wife, and casting out devils and divers diseases, he rose up in the morning a great while before day and went to a solitary place and prayed. We may think of Jesus as watching the first sunbeams dispel the early morning darkness, or the moon rise in the cool of the evening. We may picture him during the hours of quiet communion with his Father talking to God and listening to God. Surely it was his awareness of man's unity with his Maker, as well as his alert listening and unfaltering obedience, which enabled him to do the works he did.

Jesus is our Way-shower. He discovered and claimed the real man's sonship with God and taught us to do likewise, in spite of false evidence which presents man as a helpless victim of material circumstances. Jesus knew that salvation is individual. He demonstrated what He taught by healing all manner of disease. Why then should we be concerned by the aspects of error today? Should we not rather devote ourselves to the study of his teachings, which are so illuminated in this age through Christian Science?

The Master proved error to be a dream picture of mortal mind, in whatever guise it presented itself. He discerned perfection where erring mortals saw and felt only the effects of their own sinful and ignorant thought. Christian Science, in accord with the Scriptures, reveals God as I AM, as All-in-all. and man as His reflection. As we prayerfully dwell upon this truth, we shall find it impossible to attribute to the real man anything which we cannot attribute to God. Sickness and other phases of discord will vanish as their illusory nature is exposed.

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Love Brings the Wanderers Home
January 20, 1940

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