"Come ... into the ark"

"And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation" (Gen. 7:1). According to the Biblical record, because of his righteousness, Noah and all his family—even Ham, who, it seems, was far from being an exemplary character—were saved from the destructive flood which overtook the wickedness on the earth. Thus was God's tender love exemplified.

That Mary Baker Eddy considered the story of Noah's sojourn in the ark to be of spiritual significance to the student of Christian Science is indicated by the fact that she included the definition of "ark" in the Glossary of our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 581). Here "ark" is defined in part as "safety; the idea, or reflection, of Truth, proved to be as immortal as its Principle; the understanding of Spirit, destroying belief in matter."

As we enter into the ark of spiritual understanding, as we advance in "the understanding of Spirit, destroying belief in matter," do we sometimes entertain anxiety because certain of our loved ones have as yet shown little interest in the things which tend Spiritward? Then let us overcome our anxiety by taking these loved ones into the ark with us; that is, let us spiritualize our concept of them and understand that they are in reality God's perfect ideas, dwelling in Mind and subject to one power, one law, one attraction, that of God, good. Continuing our right thinking, we shall realize that we can safely leave our loved ones to the guidance and care of their loving Father-Mother God. Lines from a hymn assure us,

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Insistence Requisite
February 15, 1947

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