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SHUTTING THE DOOR
the man of God a widow came,
Burdened with debt and fearful for her sons.
Elisha questioned, then in simple words
He gave her clear instructions, which include
That brief injunction, "Thou shalt shut the door."
And when his orders were obeyed, and she
Had shut the door, the oil was duly poured.
Behold, her need was met abundantly.
A Shunem woman in her sore distress
Laid on the prophet's bed her only child,
And (so the record reads) she left the room
"And shut the door upon him, and went out."
Then as, in answer to her loyal faith,
The prophet came and entered in the room
Where the lad lay, "he shut the door and prayed
Unto the Lord." The child was thus restored.
When Jesus taught his students how to pray,
He warned them of the prayer that seeks for show
And bade them shut the door when seeking God;
Then should their true reward come openly.
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THE SONG OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
NULLIFYING OBSTACLES TO SPIRITUAL PROGRESS
MYRTLE A. CASH
SHUTTING THE DOOR
WILLIAM FRYE WHITE
"WHO IS THINE ENEMY?"
LUCY MAY ROSAMOND
TOUCHING THE HEM
MARIE M. HEESCHEN
William T. D. Henwood
SOME THOUGHTS ON SIMPLICITY
ROY L. HARVEY
THE SON OF GOD
Fred C. Stedham
"I WILL BEHAVE MYSELF WISELY IN A PERFECT WAY"
John Randall Dunn
THE LIONS' MOUTHS WERE SHUT
Paul Stark Seeley
As a child I developed a sincere...
Octavia N. Freund
With a joyful heart I wish to...
Dora H. Kocher-Kocher
My gratitude for Christian Science...
Glenn V. Pickwell with contributions from Neva Mae Pickwell
I was ten years old when my...
Dorothy Innis Bromfield
With deep gratitude to God I...
Some years ago I was living in...
How grateful I am for these...
Robert C. Braman
I wish to express a little of the...
Bertrice T. Forest
David Haydn Jenkins
Signs of the Times
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