"Receive thy sight"

THE sound of voices and moving feet indicated to the blind man sitting by the wayside that many people were passing by. He asked what was happening, and was told, "Jesus of Nazareth passeth by." For a long while, no doubt, he had hoped for an opportunity to approach Jesus, since surely he had heard how other blind men, as well as those who had been lame, deaf, and dumb, had been healed. So insistently did he evidence his faith by his plea for mercy that he could not be prevailed upon to hold his peace. When asked by the Master, "What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?" he voiced his desire and need in the words, "Lord, that I may receive my sight." Instantly came the impelling words, "Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee;" and instantly he received that for which he asked, and followed Jesus, "glorifying God."

Mary Baker Eddy has declared in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 488), "Mind alone possesses all faculties, perception, and comprehension." Sight, hearing, reason, memory, and so on, as faculties of Mind, are eternally good. Being spiritual, they are not measured by time, nor can their perfection be marred by beliefs in age, disease, accident. Faculties of Mind are not dependent upon organic conditions and material laws for their existence and continuity. They are accordingly not subject to decay, impairment, disease, loss—the frailties of human belief. Possessions of Mind are forever under Mind's government. When, through corrected thinking, human beliefs are displaced by positive spiritual understanding, the imperfection which had seemed so real disappears.

Christian Science reveals the fact that impairment, failure, loss, have never been part of the real man, the man God made in His own likeness, who possesses, through reflection, faculties that are whole, complete, and enduring, notwithstanding mortal mind's contrary evidence. The impairment, deterioration, and loss which passing time and increasing years seem to bring, disappear with the clear apprehension of the truth of being. Mind is God, immortal and perfect; hence all that Mind possesses is enduring and complete. Immortal Mind's possessions cannot be less than faultless, finished, good. They are never failing, never fading, incorruptible, indestructible. No lack or limitation is to be found in immortality; there can be nothing discordant in perfection.

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True Rest
April 26, 1941

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