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"Wilt thou be made whole?"

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Announcements Forums Man – September 2nd, 2018 "Wilt thou be made whole?"

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    JPalmer
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    3. Isaiah 43
    5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
    6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
    7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

    5. John 5
    6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
    7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
    8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

    How wonderful to know that God has provided all I need to be made whole no matter where I am. It doesn’t matter if I find myself at the “ends of the earth” or merely a few feet away as the “impotent man” was. Material distance holds no bearing on my oneness with God. There is nothing that can separate me from God, and there is no room for others to act as intercessor, though I have needed a practitioner to turn me toward Truth and Love quite a few times.

    “Wilt thou be made whole?” strikes me as Jesus saying, “It is on you to stop being victimized by false beliefs, and to realize you are the image and likeness of God and all His qualities.” As Mrs. Eddy wrote, “He did life’s work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals, — to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility.” (S&H, p. 18) Just as the practitioner support has done for me, Christ Jesus has also done for us all: He’s put us to work!

    This is one of the reasons I feel Christian Science has made sense to me since arriving in Plainfield. Other churches I’ve been around all had some bit of wishful thinking they encourage, as though hoping real hard would make God swoop in and make everything better. But here I’ve needed to study and examine thought and “Work – work – work – watch and pray.” (Message for 1900) Not one moment of fantastical thinking, and that has made all the difference! Thank you!

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    Susanne
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    You make such a good point here, Jeremy. “Just as the practitioner support has done for me, Christ Jesus has also done for us all: He’s put us to work!”

    We are in a culture that is now putting such an emphasis on leisure as to give “work” a bad name. Work gives self-respect in addition to all its other benefits. The notion of taking responsibility for things is immense and the answer to a lot of societal ills. Hard work also obviously applies to our success in Science. There is indeed much work to do, and I am always grateful for full employment in working for God.

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