"COME UNTO ME, ... AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST"

Why are so many weary and burdened? Because they have not heeded the gracious call of the Master (Matt. 11:28), "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." The priceless gift of rest and peace is ours, as Christian Science reveals. Through the Christ, or Truth, abundantly expressed by Christ Jesus all may come to the knowledge of God, infinite Spirit, and of man made in His likeness, and so experience true rest. The invitation given by the Master was not to come to him in person, but to accept the Christ into consciousness, to come to the understanding of God and so know God as infinite Spirit, the great I AM, and man as His expression.

"Come" means to draw near. It also means "to be favorably moved; to yield." The expression of moral qualities, such as honesty, temperance, meekness, humility, brotherly love, steadfastness, and gratitude, indicates favorable movement of thought in gaining spiritual understanding of God, infinite Mind, divine Principle, Love, and the consequent giving up of fear, envy, hatred, pride, and all beliefs of life, intelligence, and substance in matter. Keeping the Christ active in consciousness, we yield thought to good, welcome spiritual light, come unto the Christlike understanding of the perfection of God and man, and demonstrate man's heritage of rest and strength. The coming requires the discipline of thought—alertness and humility in rejecting evil and steadfastness in accepting good as the only reality.

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GOD'S PRESENCE
August 8, 1953
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