Following the Light

December 13, 2017
Hymns: 11,102, 511
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13:18 God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.

21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

14:8 And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel:

13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord,

19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:

20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

26 And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.

27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared;
28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians;

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9:1 And the Lord spake unto Moses in the desert of Sinai
15 On the day the Holy Tent…was set up, a cloud covered it. At night the cloud over the Holy Tent looked like fire.
16 The cloud stayed over the Holy Tent all the time. And at night the cloud looked like fire.
22 If the cloud stayed over the Holy Tent for two days, a month, or a year, the people stayed at that place. They did not leave until the cloud moved. When the cloud rose from its place and moved, they also moved.
23 So the people obeyed the Lord’s commands. They camped when the Lord told them to, and they moved when he told them to. They watched carefully and obeyed the Lord’s commands to Moses.


78:50 He…
52… guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53…he led them on safely, so that they feared not:
4:16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

9:6 … unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


2:1 …when Jesus was born in Bethlehem …there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
19…when Herod was dead…an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.
21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.


58:11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually,
8:12 …I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
14:26 …the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,…shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
By Mary Baker Eddy
S&H 95:23

Led by a solitary star amid the darkness, the Magi of old foretold the Messiahship of Truth.

S&H vii:1-12

The wakeful shepherd beholds the first faint morning beams, ere cometh the full radiance of a risen day. So shone the pale star to the prophet-shepherds; yet it traversed the night, and came where, in cradled obscurity, lay the Bethlehem babe, the human herald of Christ, Truth, who would make plain to benighted understanding the way of salvation through Christ Jesus, till across a night of error should dawn the morning beams and shine the guiding star of being. The Wise men were led to behold and to follow this daystar of divine Science, lighting the way to eternal harmony.
S&H 30:19-21

As the individual ideal of Truth, Christ Jesus came to rebuke rabbinical error and all sin, sickness, and death, —to point out the way of Truth and Life.

S&H 46:25-26

Jesus was “the way;” that is, he marked the way for all men.

S&H 109:24-32

When a new spiritual idea is borne to earth, the prophetic Scripture of Isaiah is renewedly fulfilled: “Unto us a child is born, . . . and his name shall be called Wonderful.”

Jesus once said of his lessons: “My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me. If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” (John vii. 16, 17.)

S&H 126:20-31
I have set forth Christian Science and its application to the treatment of disease just as I have discovered them. I have demonstrated through Mind the effects of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals of men; and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in “the straight and narrow way” of Truth.

S&H 226:29-1 (to first,)

I saw before me the awful conflict, the Red Sea and the wilderness; but I pressed on through faith in God, trusting Truth, the strong deliverer, to guide me into the land of Christian Science,

S&H 565: 29-11

Revelation xii. 6. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God.

As the children of Israel were guided triumphantly through the Red Sea, the dark ebbing and flowing tides of human fear, — as they were led through the wilderness, walking wearily through the great desert of human hopes, and anticipating the promised joy, — so shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires in their passage from sense to Soul, from a material sense of existence to the spiritual, up to the glory prepared for them who love God. Stately Science pauses not, but moves before them, a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night, leading to divine heights.

S&H 577:32-18

In the following Psalm one word shows, though faintly, the light which Christian Science throws on the Scriptures by substituting for the corporeal sense, the incorporeal3or spiritual sense of Deity: —

S&H 578:3-18

[Divine love] is my shepherd; I shall not want.

[Love] maketh me to lie down in green pastures:[love] leadeth me beside the still waters.

[Love] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]: [love] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for [love] is with me; [love’s] rod and [love’s] staff they comfort me.

[Love] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: [love] anointeth my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [love] forever.

“A Guiding Star”
By Aylesa Forsee
December 21, 1981 Christian Science Sentinel
Every Christmas Eve during my childhood I would scan the sky and wish I could see the same great star the wise men had followed. Later in life I doubted the existence of any such star. Then a time came when my health and everything I valued seemed to collapse. I longed then not for a star in the sky but for a guiding light that would penetrate darkness and despair.
The first Christmas after I began studying Christian Science I found a statement by Mrs. Eddy that satisfied my need: “The star that looked lovingly down on the manger of our Lord, lends its resplendent light to this hour: the light of Truth, to cheer, guide, and bless man as he reaches forth for the infant idea of divine perfection dawning upon human imperfection,—that calms man’s fears, bears his burdens, beckons him on to Truth and Love and the sweet immunity these bring from sin, sickness, and death.”(Misc 320)
Not to be confused with an astrological event, this star is more than beautiful symbolism. The light of Truth is timeless, changeless, and its star shines for everyone.
…This light comes to us as we stand back from the tangled complexities of material thinking and get a new vision of who we are— the beloved children of God. At first the star of Truth may seem dim, but when we trust Mind’s unerring guidance and strive to be pure in heart, the light grows brighter. Prayer, listening, expectancy, obedience to the teachings of Jesus—these speed us on our journey.
…No matter how dark the night, how grim or chaotic things may seem to us, nothing can keep the light of Christ from kindling into the daystar of Truth and Love. As we drop our preoccupation with the difficulty and face toward the light, Truth’s beams pierce the gloom and herald the dawn of spiritual reality.
To follow the star of Truth and Love is to see clearly how to go. Problems get solved and limitations are dissolved. As a hymn so beautifully puts it:
Like the star of Bethlehem shining,
Love will guide us all the way,
From the depths of error’s darkness
Into Truth’s eternal day.3
Love is our light, even now—the guiding star that will lead all mankind into “Truth’s eternal day.”