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HIGHER SERVICE

From the January 1917 issue of The Christian Science Journal


"Such as I have give I thee,"— simple words that were the harbinger of a great gift, the utterance and the benison of one just awakened to the consciousness of the truth and to the power of the Christ to heal and save. From the depths of doubt and despair the impetuous, emotional Peter had risen, on the wave of a penitential spirit that was perfect in its sincerity, to an illuminated sense of the all-power and all-presence of God and of mortal man's impotency.

"Why look ye so earnestly on us." Peter questioned the people who had gathered about them. "as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?" As we read the story of the lame man's healing in the third chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, we are led to ask, Whence came the mature faith, the undimmed spiritual vision, the clear concept of God as divine Principle, which in a moment, shattered the chains of materiality and astounded the spectators by a demonstration of spiritual law which was as unimpeachable as it was, to them, unique?

Was not this the natural result of the "divine anointing" of which our Leader speaks on page 367 of our text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and respecting which she writes in a tone almost pathetic in its revelation of her heart's desire, "I long to see the consummation of my hope, namely, the student's higher attainments in this line of light." On that page we may detect the key-note, the controlling impulse of her life as she followed the Master.

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