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The Day of the Lord
SUE HARPER MIMS, CSD


         When Isaiah cried, "And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day," he must have had in mind the dawn of the Christ Science, for when the spiritual sense of the Scriptures is opened and illumined thereby, we are filled with joy and gratitude to see how gloriously optimistic is the chain of thought that runs throughout the inspired writings. It is the breaking of that glad day when all are to know God, good, when universal peace and love shall reign, when slavery shall cease and all men awake to their birthright of freedom as "the sons of God."

         This beaconing light has shone throughout the centuries, and in a burst of joy Isaiah wrote of it, "The Lord alone shall be exalted in that day." So, too, Paul in even clearer vision declares that "now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation;" and this, he further implies, is hastened by "casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God," the "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."

         The Scriptures counsel us, "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." As we realize in Christian Science that God is the omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience that is good, the divine Mind, we are saved from the inconsistency of forgetting to acknowledge His power and presence at the moment when sorrow, pain, or disease tempts us to believe in His absence. The realization of God's love and power and presence is the foundation stone of Christianity, and the results of this honoring of ever-present Truth are seen in the healing of sin and disease. It is the exaltation of God, good, which must be the culmination of the Christian life, when all "principalities" and "powers" are put under the feet of the true idea of God, the right consciousness of being, whose coming marks "the day of the Lord" for each individual.

         The whole world, these last forty years, since Mrs. Eddy sounded the keynote of spiritual freedom, has been gradually awakening to the power of right thought, to the perception that not matter but Mind is causative and creative. Hence it is not sick matter, but sick thought, that is to be watched and guarded against. Only when this is recognized shall we be able to control and eliminate disease, epidemics, and death itself. Mankind is awakening to the folly of trying to eradicate disease by any other than this Christly method of meeting and remedying the sad plight of humanity. As the poet says, —

Think truly, and thy thought
Shall the world's great famine feed.

         Mrs. Eddy writes: "It breaks the dream of disease to understand that sickness is formed by the human mind, not by matter nor by the divine Mind" (Science and Health, p. 396). Of contagion she also says, "Since it is a law of mortal mind that certain diseases should be regarded as contagious, this law obtains credit through association, — calling up the fear that creates the image of disease and its consequent manifestation in the body" (Ibid., p. 154). Here we can see the glorious effect of Christian Science, which enables us to enter upon the Lord's new day, to put away the seeming and dwell in the thought of God as divine Mind, as infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent consciousness, embracing all reality, — spiritual, harmonious, immortal; that divine consciousness in which "we live, and move, and have our being," and from which all beliefs or thoughts of discord and disease are excluded.

         This true consciousness affords a sure and divine protection, and in proportion as one reflects or knows and thinks this truth, is all humanity helped and blessed. Some time mankind will be startled, shocked, that under any circumstances they could have deemed it wise or helpful to inoculate the minds of young people with mental pictures of disease, as is sometimes done. The harvest will be most deplorable unless in some way such false mental pictures are obliterated by a higher sense of things, the truth of God's presence and power, as expressed by the psalmist when he says, "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;" "Who is the health of my countenance and my God."

         The day of the Lord is the day of Life, — aye, "life eternal," — the day in which God is known. This culmination of life in Christ, or full redemption, is reached only as we know even as we are known; when earth, or consciousness, is "filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Isaiah refers to this, surely, when he is a voice for Truth, saying, "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." Only as the false testimony of the fleshly mind is laid off and the divine Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus" becomes enthroned in individual consciousness, can sin, disease, and death be understood as nothingness and disappear, and God, infinite, eternal good, be understood and demonstrated in health, longevity, and immortality. Jesus came to bring to light the Life and immortality that always were and are and ever shall be the All-in-all.

         The day of the Lord is indeed at hand. To Mrs. Eddy, our beloved Leader, we owe endless gratitude for the courage and fidelity which enabled her from the watch-towers of Zion to sound the bugle-call to lift us from the slavery of the false human sense of being into the glorious light and liberty of Love and blessedness.

 

"The Day of the Lord" by Sue Harper Mims, CSD
Christian Science Sentinel, January 28, 1911
 

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