"He restoreth my soul"

In order to arrive at a sense of fulfillment, one must be able to answer the persistent questions, Who am I? What am I? What is my purpose? Where am I going? And the answers to all these questions are bound up in an understanding of God as Soul and of man as the expression of Soul. The idea of fulfillment comes through spiritual sense. It is portrayed in the twenty-third Psalm and is particularly expressed in the phrase, "He restoreth my soul." Ps. 23:3

The Bible speaks of the Christ as the restorer, or Redeemer, but we should not presume from these words that man as God's child has fallen from his primal perfection. The restoring function of the Christ is as light, or understanding, coming to human consciousness and revealing the wholeness and completeness of man in God's likeness. And this true man is the perfect selfhood, the perfect identity, of each one, the demonstrable fact of our existence. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures Mary Baker Eddy says: "Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love. Soul is the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in matter." Science and Health, p. 477

Soul is the great I AM, of which man is the perfect likeness. Being creative Principle it endows man with creativity, the ability to produce, to express. It gives man the spiritual faculties that enable him to understand, to appreciate, to enjoy. Soul includes art and beauty; it is the source of all harmony. As we come to understand Soul in all its abundant resources, we shall know ourselves as God's reflection, and we shall fulfill Isaiah's promise, "Thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not." Isa. 58:11

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"Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"
October 12, 1968

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