Man's At-one-ment with the Father

A Woman who was ill was counseled by a friend to express appreciation of Christian Science by making a list of twenty-five things for which she was grateful. This seemed difficult to do because of pain; but she was obedient. Her first reason for gratitude was the protection which had been afforded her two sons in the service. Then she continued listing proofs of God's goodness. When next she thought of herself, she was on the twenty-third item and was completely healed.

To break the seeming bondage of pain, sickness, and limitation, it is vitally important that each of us should understand the value of gratitude, love, and obedience. These qualities turn thought heavenward, and the struggle with a physical concept of being, which includes all the errors of mortal mind, proportionately ceases as we learn to walk with the Father.

Christ Jesus taught, by parable, prayer, sermon, and healing, man's at-one-ment with God. He also indicated the necessary human footsteps and in the story recorded in the fifteenth chapter of Luke, familiarly known as the parable of the prodigal son, answered some of mankind's questions. While this parable seems to center about the experiences of the younger son, its purpose is to accentuate the eternal, compassionate fatherhood of God.

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Family Circle
November 25, 1944

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