Healing Begins in the Sanctuary

How a traveler in the desert must long for a thread of green vegetation, the smallest patch of shade, the glint of water! In a psalm attributed to David in the wilderness of Judah, the Psalmist uses this vivid image to describe his longing for God: "My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is." But he had already experienced many glimpses of God's nature, for he goes on, "To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary." Ps. 63:1, 2;

When we remember our own moments of clear seeing, and their peace and joy—sometimes brief, sometimes continuing so that we say we've been "walking on air" for hours or days—we can't help looking forward to the time when this perception of holiness will be the natural and universal way for everyone to see everything. "The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation," Mrs. Eddy says, "and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere." Science and Health, p. 516;

Christ Jesus said, "When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Matt. 6:6; We can shut the door against the claims and clamor of matter, complaints from the body, false responsibilities, interruptions, and noise. We can obey Jesus' injunction not only in quiet hours but anytime and anywhere—while we're driving, cooking, or even during an argument. Whatever the circumstances, we can instantly plead the allness of Love neutralizing irritation, of Truth denying lies and mistakes, of Principle correcting dishonesty, and of Soul replacing sadness and ugliness with happiness and comeliness.

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July 4, 1977

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