"The windows of heaven"

One of the beautiful figures of speech used in the Bible is in Malachi (3:10): "Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

Windows in an Oriental home consisted mainly of apertures for the admission of light and were sometimes partially covered with wood or latticed shutters which could be thrown back to let in more light. In both the Old and the New Testament, light is a symbol of the understanding of God's presence and power. Light is an inherent quality of Mind—of Life, Truth, and Love. Mary Baker Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." referring to the record in Genesis of the creation of light (p. 504), "This light is not from the sun nor from volcanic flames, but it is the revelation of Truth and of spiritual ideas." The consciousness of spiritual light dispels all darkness, for this light reveals the truth of being.

It is God who opens "the windows of heaven." But in order for us to receive the light from these windows we must spiritualize our thinking by gaining an awareness of the reality of good and of the continuity of God's blessings.

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