THE CHAMBER ON THE WALL

In the fourth chapter of II Kings it is related that a great woman of Shunem urged her husband to "make a little chamber ... on the wall" where Elisha, the man of God, might turn in when he passed that way. Later, in this room, after shutting the door to all others, the prophet through prayer restored to life the Shunammite woman's son.

The importance of proper environment and harmonious influence in the practice of mental therapeutics was pointed out in an article in the Jackson (Michigan) Patriot reprinted in "Pulpit and Press" by Mary Baker Eddy (pp. 52–56). That their importance was recognized by Christ Jesus is indicated in the account of the raising of Jairus' daughter which is cited there (p. 54): "He [Jesus] kept the unbelievers away, 'put them all out,' and permitting only the father and mother, with his closest friends and followers, Peter, James, and John, in the chamber with him, and having thus the most perfect obtainable environment, he raised the daughter to life."

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