World's procession or Master's footsteps?

A woman, grieving for her dead son, was caught up in a procession of sadness and despair. The Biblical account of this widow of Nain shows Christ Jesus' great compassion in his words to her: "Weep not." Touching the bier, he stopped the procession and said: "Young man, I say unto thee, Arise."And the young man "sat up, and began to speak." Luke 7:13-15. What a wonder and joy pervaded the people who looked on!

Perhaps you, too, are joining a procession of doubt, fear, or insecurity—uniting, as it were, with the crowd or world around you, taking in all opinions and predictions. Yet Christ Jesus gave mankind the rules for demonstrating peace, for stepping out from mortality's processions; he promised hope and freedom to the world. He was the Way-shower, proving that spiritual freedom is present and that divine Love is ever active.

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Discontent and discouragement seem rampant in today's world. They would become Pied Pipers, leading us over a tumultuous route. However, Psalm 23 assures us of a far better course to follow: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters." Ps. 23:1, 2.

Let God, divine Mind, lead; let God do the shepherding. A belief in many mortal minds would have us go along with the crowd of material beliefs and mortal opinions. But God, the all-in-all, sustains and guides the man of His creating—the man that is the real spiritual selfhood of each of us.

Christian Science teaches the wisdom and practicality of recognizing one's sonship with God, the one Mind which controls and produces all right action. Mankind must seek the holiness of divinity, not the degradation that characterizes mortality. "Weep not." Prayer leads to a better understanding of God and man in His image and likeness, and away from the fears and doubts of material sense.

Mrs. Eddy writes, "We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by following the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics."Science and Health, p. 192. As we live and demonstrate the Christ, the healing message Jesus brought to mankind, we are joining, so to speak, the gathering that followed Jesus over the countryside; we are following the Christ he taught and demonstrated. His message to the son of the widow of Nain was "Arise." It was loud and clear. There were no questions, doubts, or diagnosis; no time element was involved. The Master stopped the procession of grief and proceeded to show the ever presence of Life.

Material laws and world beliefs would bind and enslave the individual. They would call us to join the gathering of a world filled with worriers. As we realize that in reality no such laws exist, we will see evil obliterated by the law of good and will increasingly gain the correct view of ourselves as God's ideas—His children. We will recognize true peace as being an inward fact, and feel a spiritual liberty that frees us from the route on which disease or discord would send us.

Through the study of Christian Science, men and women realize they are not trapped in materialism. Through prayer and the action of the healing Christ they are released from the inharmonies of sin, sickness, and world beliefs. The individual is liberated and can step out of the promenade of negativeness, apathy, and worry, through the perpetual, spiritual sense of the omnipotence of God, good.

The Bible enjoins us, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Gal. 5:1. This type of spiritualized thinking unshackles and arouses us to pray daily, for ourselves and for the world, to cast off dire predictions, avowing, "I will not join your procession. I will follow God."

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