The Universal Invitation

As we search the Scriptures for a better understanding of Life, Truth, and Love, our attention is likely to be arrested by the following invitation voiced by the prophet Isaiah: "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness."

The invitation, it will be noted, is general. No one is prohibited from participating in the good to which the prophet refers. The meek, the lowly, the poor, the weary, as well as the rich, the educated, and the seemingly more fortunate are included; the living waters are there for all, "without money and without price."

Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," spiritually interprets the prophet's words as follows (p. 13): "Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, 'Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters.'"

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Easter Gladness
April 4, 1942

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