Ripening years, ripening health

Christian Science squarely challenges the concept that advancing years open the door to limitations on health. In fact, divine Science literally turns such a concept upside down and shows us that when we have a spiritual perspective of ourselves, it is natural to grow into better health through the years.

In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy declares, "Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom." Science and Health, p. 248. Of course, "riper years" can mean different things to different people. A ten-year-old may think an eighteen-year-old has reached absolute ripeness! But whatever one's standpoint, it's obvious that the mere passage of years is not, in and of itself, enough to foster the maturing of fuller health. If, however, "larger lessons" are built into the passing years, we have the basis for an increasing demonstration of health and well-being.

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