Dedication through Healing

In Deuteronomy we read (20:5), "What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it?" When a branch church builds a new house, its members' declared purpose is to dedicate it, and in the process of working toward dedication they come to realize that their house must be made ready for dedication. On page 578 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy gives her interpretation of the twenty-third Psalm, in the last line of which she uses the word "consciousness" for the word "house." It reads: "I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [love ] for ever."

How can we make our house, our consciousness, ready for dedication? A dictionary defines "dedicate" as to consecrate, devote; but for all Christian Scientists the word has a deeper and larger meaning. It means that we desire to show forth in practice our devotion to Christian Science. Thus we endeavor always to be found reflecting and demonstrating divine Love. By constantly recognizing the presence of the healing Christ, the true idea of God and man, we are delivered from thoughts of discord, unhappiness, sorrow, sickness, envy, jealousy, malice, limitation, stagnation, criticism, and their objectification in our experience. A consciousness devoted to the entertaining of Christlike thoughts radiates joy, health, peace, abundance, harmony, love, and brotherhood.

Jesus was so conscious of man's at-one-ment with God that he went about healing all manner of disease. He has shown us the way, and it is our work to pattern our lives after his, to show forth the Christ-healing as he did. No one is humanly too young or too old to experience this healing activity; and it is through this healing power that we shall dedicate our branch church edifices.

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Naaman Dipped Seven Times
March 29, 1947

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