WAITING AND LOVING

Watchful waiting—pausing to listen to God—is harmonizing and health-producing. The value of patient and prayerful contemplation of true being in contradistinction to impulsive, willful, and unthinking action is one of the many lessons learned by the student of Christian Science in his search for perfection. It is a lesson fraught with victories and defeats; but when it is fully learned, it molds and fashions the thinking of the individual to his own advancement and to the general benefit of mankind.

Christ Jesus, the loved Way shower of all who seek to understand God, never let himself be rushed. There are several instances in the Gospels of his spending hours in prayer alone before he went out to heal and to teach. Mary Baker Eddy, on pages 313 and 314 of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," has this to say of the Master, concerning his work in the tomb after the crucifixion: "To show that the substance of himself was Spirit and the body no more perfect because of death and no less material until the ascension (his further spiritual exaltation), Jesus waited until the mortal or fleshly sense had relinquished the belief of substance matter, and spiritual sense had quenched all earthly yearnings."

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