Perpetual Vitality

A difficulty often experienced by people is a diminishing of energy, ability, and inspiration that nags at them. A decline of vitality could not occur if people understood that man is not a mortal, separated from God, as Christian Science explains, but an immortal, inseparable from Him as His emanation, or reflection.

Mary Baker Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 250), "Man is not God, but like a ray of light which comes from the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God." The sun's ray is constantly appearing in its full energy and ability to radiate light and warmth. This radiance is never interrupted; it never fails, never ceases to express its source. It illustrates the nature of man, "the outcome of God." Man's Christly energies are ever vigorous and perpetually sustained by their source.

Continuing action is characteristic of reflection, and such action is manifest in all that emanates from God. Christ Jesus understood his relation to his source, and his words often implied this knowledge. He said that he lived by the Father, that the Father had not left him alone, that all that the Father had was his that he came forth from the Father. He was speaking of his eternal selfhood and its perpetual reflection of Love when he said (John 17:5), "O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."

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Taking Inventory
January 2, 1965

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