"Imbibe the spirit"

Several years ago, a young student of Christian Science heard the statement made by one who for many years had enjoyed the blessings which are among the things added to those seeking first the kingdom of God, "My greatest desire is to know God better; everything else is incidental."

To the student, this statement was startling, and she was deeply impressed. Up to that time, the healing of physical ills and the solving of other problems had appeared to be the important thing —the goal, so to speak, toward which Christian Scientists aimed. To discover that one who had been so successful in the healing work had as her goal not the healing, as such, but a closer communion with God, awakened the student to a clearer perception of what it means to be a Christian Scientist. A more intensive study of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," on the part of the student, with the purpose of obeying the admonition of its author, Mary Baker Eddy, to "study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit" (p. 495), ensued.

The True Meaning of Wilderness
April 18, 1942

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