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Isa 65:24: “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”

This week’s Bible Lesson contained the story of the blind man who was healed by Jesus. I love this story because it points out the difference in view points between what Jesus saw and what the disciples saw. Jesus saw a man born only from his birth. Not blind before he was born. The disciples saw a man that was always blind because of the sins of either his parents or of him before he was born. This was an unmistakable statement by our Master of pre-existence; that Life is infinite. .

John 9:1-4
“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. But that the works of God should be made manifest in him I am come to work the works of him that sent me;”

Remember when we talked about why Mrs. Eddy took the capital “C” away from the word creator. You create from nothing and you make from something else. God, our Maker, has made us from His own substance. Therefore we have everything we need. In Ecclesiastes is the verse: Eccl. 3:15 “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.”

When we are seeking health, money, relationships, grades, or whatever it is that we think we need, we can go to that verse in Ecclesiastes and realize that our real mission is to recognize our original perfection Mrs. Eddy talks about. (My 262:1 “God creates man perfect and eternal in His own image. Hence man is the image, idea, or likeness of perfection --an ideal which cannot fall from its inherent unity with divine Love, from its spotless purity and original perfection.”) Tha’s the better self, the real person that we have always been and always will be. Once we embrace that complete identity we quit trying to make a sick body well or an empty bank account full or a lonely existence one of fulfilling companionship. We discover what has always been there—our completeness. If we really are witnessing the completeness of the idea that is “us” then we can be grateful for our perfection and see our human experience conform to that thought. That is why a practitioner always stays with the truth about you and refuses to accept the mortal condition. (Isn’t interesting that we usually call a practitioner to either get something we think we don’t have or get rid of something we don’t want?)

If we really trust all to God then we express patience. That is what faith is. It’s the only truly honest position. Anxiety, worry and fear means we don’t trust. I means we are not relying on what is true and we are proceeding from a dishonest position. Why? Because we are believe a lie about us—the lie of lack!

What is fear? It is ingratitude in advance! When we fear the worst we’re already ungrateful for the bad stuff that is going to happen. In Christian Science we call that malpractice against ourselves (THAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF PRAYER). The opposite of fear must therefore be gratitude. Couldn’t that be why Jesus’ first words in the raising of Lazarus was, “Father I thank thee..”

II Cor 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

See you all next week.

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