A Time for Restoration and Renewal

JANUARY 6, 2016
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51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;


40:31 … they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
35:4 Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.


4:8 It happened once that Elisha went over to Shunem. There was a great lady there who pressed him to accept her hospitality, and so, whenever he came that way, he stopped to take food there.
9 One day she said to her husband, ‘I know that this man who comes here regularly is a holy man of God.
10 Why not build up the wall to make him a little roof-chamber, and put in it a bed, a table, a seat, and a lamp, and let him stay there whenever he comes to us?’
11 Once when he arrived and went to this roof-chamber and lay down to rest,
12 he said to Gehazi, his servant…
14 ‘…what can be done for her?’ Gehazi said, ‘There is only this; she has no child and her husband is old.’
15 ‘Call her back,’ Elisha said. When she was called, she appeared in the doorway,
16 and he said, ‘In due season, this time next year, you shall have a son in your arms.
17 Next year in due season, the woman conceived and bore a son, as Elisha had foretold.
18 When the child was old enough, he went out one day to the reapers where his father was.
19 All of a sudden he cried out to his father, ‘O my head, my head!’ His father told a servant to carry him to his mother.
20 He brought him to his mother; the boy sat on her lap till midday, and then he died.
21 She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door and went out.
25 … she set out and came to the man of God on Mount Carmel. The man of God spied her in the distance and said to Gehazi, his servant, ‘That is the Shunammite woman coming,
26 Run and meet her, and ask, “Is all well with you? Is all well with your husband? Is all well with the boy?” She answered, ‘All is well.”
27 When she reached the man of God on the hill, she clutched his feet. Gehazi came forward to push her away, but the man of God said, ‘Let her alone; she is in great distress, and the Lord has concealed it from me and not told me.’
32 When Elisha entered the house, there was the boy dead, on the bed where he had been laid.
33 He went into the room, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the Lord.
34 Then, getting on to the bed, he lay upon the child, put his mouth to the child’s mouth, his eyes to his eyes and his hands to his hands; and, as he pressed upon him, the child’s body grew warm.
35 …and the boy opened his eyes.
36 The prophet summoned Gehazi and said, ‘Call this Shunammite woman.’ She answered his call and the prophet said, ‘Take your child.’
37 She came in and fell prostrate before him. Then she took up her son and went out.

8:1 Elisha said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, ‘Go away at once with your household and find lodging where you can, for the Lord has decreed a seven years’ famine and it has already come upon the land.’
2 The woman acted at once on the word of the man of God and went away with her household and she stayed in the Philistine country for seven years.
3 When she came back at the end of the seven years, she sought an audience of the king to appeal for the return of her house and land.
4 Now the king was questioning Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, about all the great things Elisha had done;
5 and, as he was describing to the king how he had brought the dead to life, the selfsame woman began appealing to the king for her house and her land. ‘My lord king,’ said Gehazi, ‘this is the very woman, and this is her son whom Elisha brought to life.’
6 The king asked the woman about it, and she told him. Then he entrusted the case to a eunuch and ordered him to restore all her property to her, withal the revenues from her land from the time she left the country till that day.


2:13 … turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, …
23 … rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, …
26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you:


4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
16 … though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
6:2 … behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
17 … if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.


20:17 …I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord;
22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.


23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul:


SH 241:13-14
The Bible teaches transformation of the body by the renewal of Spirit.

SH 256:2-5
Advancing to a higher plane of action, thought rises from the material sense to the spiritual, from the scholastic to the inspirational, and from the mortal to the immortal.

SH 276:4-9, 19
When the divine precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, in which one mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: “Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
When we learn in Science how to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect, thought is turned into new and healthy channels, — towards the contemplation of things immortal and away from materiality to the Principle of the universe, including harmonious man.

SH 242:9
There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality — to have no other consciousness of life — than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.

SH 291:13
Heaven is not a locality, but a divine state of Mind in which all the manifestations of Mind are harmonious and immortal, because sin is not there and man is found having no righteousness of his own, but in possession of “the mind of the Lord,” as the Scripture says.

SH 595:17
TIME. Mortal measurements; limits, in which are summed up all human acts, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, knowledge; matter; error; that which begins before, and continues after, what is termed death, until the mortal disappears and spiritual perfection appears.

SH 598:19 (to 2nd ;), 30
YEAR. A solar measurement of time; mortality;
Time is a mortal thought, the divisor of which is the solar year. Eternity is God’s measurement of Soul‐filled years.

SH 249:19-20 9TO 1ST .)
Organization and time have nothing to do with Life.

SH 468:27-6
Life is without beginning and without end. Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of Life, and time is no part of eternity. One ceases in proportion as the other is recognized. Time is finite; eternity is forever infinite. Life is neither in nor of matter. What is termed matter is unknown to Spirit, which includes in itself all substance and is Life eternal. Matter is a human concept. Life is divine Mind.
Life is not limited. Death and finiteness are unknown to Life. If Life ever had a beginning, it would also have an ending.

SH 39:18-25
“Now,” cried the apostle, “is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” — meaning, not that now men must prepare for a future-world salvation, or safety, but that now is the time in which to experience that salvation in spirit and in life. Now is the time for so-called material pains and material pleasures to pass away, for both are unreal, because impossible in Science.

SH 328:20-25, 28-31
Understanding spiritual law and knowing that there is no material law, Jesus said: “These signs shall follow them that believe, . . . they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
Jesus’ promise is perpetual. Had it been given only to his immediate disciples, the Scriptural passage would read you, not they. The purpose of his great life-work extends through time and includes universal humanity.

SH 584:5-6 Mind
… Mind measures time according to the good that is unfolded.

SH 487:27
The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.

SH 76:6-10
When being is understood, Life will be recognized as neither material nor finite, but as infinite, — as God, universal good; and the belief that life, or mind, was ever in a finite form, or good in evil, will be destroyed.

SH 98:15
Beyond the frail premises of human beliefs, above the loosening grasp of creeds, the demonstration of Christian Mind-healing stands a revealed and practical Science. It is imperious throughout all ages as Christ’s revelation of Truth, of Life, and of Love, which remains inviolate for every man to understand and to practise.

SH 292:4 Divine
Divine Science alone can compass the heights and depths of being and reveal the infinite.

SH 423:13 it
… it restores the harmony of man.

“God’s Law of Restoration”
By Louisa May Whinnom
Christian Science Sentinel, July 20, 1963

God’s law of infinite, eternal good appears to human view as a law of restoration. When understood, this law brings to the individual the conscious awareness of his true selfhood in the image and likeness of God and restores harmony to his experience. The prophet Joel gave this promise from God: “The floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.”

For many of us the locust, the blighting beliefs of ill health, lack, unhappiness, unrequited labor, unrecognized devotion, or some other form of spiritual ignorance may have eaten up years of what should have been harmonious experience and progress. With the coming of Christian Science into our lives, the blight has been arrested, and the work of restoration has begun.

Neither age, time, nor any other human belief has the power to diminish or destroy a spiritual gift or talent. Its nature is immortal and indestructible. The God-given qualities of vision, vigor, grace, beauty, perfection, inspiration, are timeless, eternal.

We must always remember that the important point for realization is that man, God’s perfect child, has never lost nor been deprived of anything real, good, or true. Man, the beloved of God, was never sick, a failure, unblessed, or unsatisfied. He never needs to have anything restored. Completeness and perfection are, always have been, and always will be, his heritage.