"That ye break every yoke"

Abraham learned that he did not have to sacrifice his son, but only prove his obedience, faith, and love. When we give up our false personal sense of things, when we cease to outline, or to limit divine Love in any direction, we let Principle operate in our affairs.

One of the heavy burdens mortals lay on themselves and others is anxious thought for the morrow. They outline and plan for themselves and dear ones, and are convinced that only in a certain locality or in a certain occupation or profession can happiness and success be realized. Yet their need is not so much to give up their attachment to any particular locality, or the pursuit of any particular human activity, as to abandon their limited sense of Principle and its operation. Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 256): "Progress takes off human shackles. The finite must yield to the infinite. Advancing to a higher plane of action, thought rises from the material sense to the spiritual, from the scholastic to the inspirational, and from the mortal to the immortal. All things are created spiritually. Mind, not matter, is the creator. Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man." No power can limit the advancement of thought which is reaching out and expanding toward the spiritual ideal. Abraham's unselfish career proved a blessing to all mankind, because he was obedient to the larger vision.

Mrs. Eddy tells us in "Christian Science versus Pantheism" (p. 12) that Christianity "lifteth the burden of sharp experience from off the heart of humanity." One of the grievous burdens that we lay on ourselves and others is condemnation. How kind and wise was Jesus in dealing with the faults and failings of mankind! He lifted the yoke of sin binding the adulterous woman and set her free from the condemnation of her accusers. "Go, and sin no more," he said to her. Isaiah admonishes us "to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke."

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August 8, 1942

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