"I wish I had..." "I wish I were..." "I wish I could be ...," "I wish I wasn't...." We can all fill in the gaps. Most of us, in our heart of hearts, are really not very satisfied with our human selves.

The Psalmist wrote, "I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." Ps. 17:15; What did he mean? Is one asleep to something one should be awake to? If so, how does one wake up?

If asked such a question by his friends, many a Christian Scientist would probably answer somewhat along the following lines: "Yes, that's what my religion is doing for me—it's waking me up. I've stopped wishing. Instead, I'm finding out, and making my own, many vital things having to do with a very different concept of life from that which is commonly accepted." He might, for example, ask of his questioner: "Are you satisfied—really deeply, joyously satisfied with what life looks like to you?" Or, "Do you have questions you've long since ceased to ask because you never seem to get any satisfactory answers?"

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