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A harvest of healing
Originally appeared on spirituality.com
The word translated thanksgiving in the Golden Text and Responsive Reading for this Christian Science Bible Lesson comes from a Hebrew word that implies extending the hands in adoration of God, perhaps as part of a chorus of worshippers. Christian Science has helped many people understand the importance of giving thanks to God, divine Principle, by extending their hands to help and heal others.
The ancient Hebrews understood themselves as a community designed by God to worship Him. The book of Leviticus describes the institution of one of their most important observances, the week-long Feast of Tabernacles, also called the Feast of Booths (see Section I, citation 2).
This joyous reunion of everyone after working hard in the fields to bring in the harvest included temporary shelters built for the occasion to remind the people of the years they’d spent in the wilderness after the Exodus from Egypt. Science and Health refers with feeling to the Exodus in one of the related passages in the first section of this Lesson, and extends the promise of that experience to its readers (p. 566, cit. 3).
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Michael Hamilton teaches religion at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.