At the close of one of the most beautiful and inspiring chapters of Isaiah comes the tender assurance (40:31), "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." This loving prophecy finds fulfillment in our daily experience through the revelation of Christian Science. In one of her books, "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," Mary Baker Eddy says (p. 254), "Released from materialism, you shall run and not be weary, walk and not faint."

A dictionary defines the word "materialism" in part as "the doctrine that nothing exists except matter ... that the phenomena of consciousness and will are wholly due to the operation of material agencies." It is evident that in order to overcome weariness by release from materialism, we must "wait upon the Lord" and serve Him. The significance of this requirement unfolds as we study Mrs. Eddy's revelation of God as infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love. The infinity of God precludes the existence of anything unlike Him. Thus truth wipes out the basis of matter and all concepts derived from matter's supposed reality. Infinite Mind, without a beginning or an ending, has no time factor on which to hang beliefs of age, deterioration, or weariness. Since infinite Mind is infinite Life, man's vitality, strength, and activity come from this unlimited source. Mind's infinite wisdom is manifested in law, order, and harmonious activity. Thus, devoid of materiality and in harmony with the law of his infinite source, man is ever at the noon of his vigor, alertness, and capacity.

Waiting on the Lord or serving God requires more than acceptance of the revelation of God as infinite Spirit and of man as His spiritual image and likeness. The full import of the understanding of God and man can be gained only through demonstrating the truth in daily living.

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November 24, 1956

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