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Lives defined in Scripture

From the December 1997 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I love to open the Bible and find the accounts of courageous and spiritually-minded individuals: Moses, Daniel, Peter, and Paul among others. Their devotion to God is truly inspiring. Most of all, I love to read from the Gospels the accounts of the life and teachings of Christ Jesus, and how he triumphed over sickness, sin, and death. The biographies of these people found in Scripture are truly masterpieces of hope, faith, and love.

One day when I was in bookstore, I was looking in the inspirational section at all the new titles on angels, prayer, spiritual healing, and Christianity. Then my eye spotted a brand-new, leather-bound edition of the Bible. I smiled; here among all these new titles was a book loved for centuries, which has brought comfort and healing through the ages.

I randomly opened to the book of Ruth. I remembered that this story was part of the Bible Lesson read in my branch Church of Christ, Scientist, the week my mom passed on. I was so comforted by its tender lesson! It assured me that no matter how destitute a situation may seem to be, God is continuously unfolding good for man. I opened randomly again. This time the book opened to the story of Isaac and Rebekah and their marriage. I remembered how I had studied that story before I met my wife, and that it had been read at our wedding. Once more, I turned the pages; I opened to Christ Jesus' Sermon on the Mount—including the list of blessings known as the Beatitudes. Again I smiled. I had learned those as a child in a Christian Science Sunday School, and now strive to live my life by them.

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