Water of Everlasting Life

From the Christian Science Journal, October 5, 1918, by William D. McCrackan

Humanity is athirst for the water of life. It has been offered water as bitter as gall by false theology, the hemlock of martyrdom in requital for the desire to reform the world, and stupefying potions to appease the longing for self-forgetfulness. These nostrums do not contain the “living water” of which Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman; rather did he say to her, “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” Then this individual, belonging to the weaker sex (so called) and to a semi-idolatrous and despised nation, uttered the words which are being wrung to-day from countless millions, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.”

Many centuries after the incident here described another woman, speaking with the authority of spiritual revelation, wrote in her epoch making textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (p. 570): “Millions of unprejudiced minds—simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert—are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences.” Whoever at this hour can assure the fearful and doubting that the only real life is eternal, is giving the thirsty to drink of Christ’s “living water,” and is being blessed while blessing others.

The “river of water of life” is without end. Its tributaries correspond to the ever flowing activities of Spirit. There is no stagnation in that river or its branches; with irresistible impulsion they flow and overflow until there is not one spot in all creation which is not permeated with this living water. All mankind can drink of it, be refreshed, strengthened, and sustained by it; it purifies and beautifies; it causes the flowers of loving-kindness and rejoicing to grow; it brightens the meekness of the grass; the birds of the air, as aspirations, bathe in its pools. The surface of this living water reflects the glories of the universe, outlines man’s at-one-ment with God, and reproduces and multiplies the infinitude of ever active life without end.

Jesus said to his disciples on the occasion of the last supper, “Drink ye all of it.” Mrs. Eddy, commenting on this, wrote (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 211): “He drank this cup giving thanks, and he said to his followers, ‘Drink ye all of it,’—drink it all, and let all drink of it.” This willingness to lay aside sense testimony was accompanied by the giving of thanks.

Every phase of spiritual progress, though perhaps humanly distressing, is an advancing step toward the Christ-ideal. All the activities of Life, Truth, and Love are to be received by this drinking of the cup, this casting aside of worldly weights in order to gain heavenly buoyancy. Every step in the onward march out of the wilderness into the promised land grows lighter and happier. The reward is present, the gifts costly, the crown glistens with rare jewels of spiritual perception. He who drinks finds his whole being vitalized by the living water, and all his works prospering in righteousness and truth. Of Hezekiah it is recorded: “And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.”

Conversely, the drinking of the water of life enables the spiritually minded to fulfill Jesus’ promise, “If they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.” Poisoned wells cannot harm the army of the Lord, nor can the inhaling of gases asphyxiate, when the power of God as Mind is scientifically understood. The material cup of intoxication cannot be substituted for the spiritual cup of thanksgiving when Christian Science stands guard over human consciousness. Let mankind be reasonable. Cannot the Mind which created all and made it good frustrate the purpose of a fictitious mind which invents poisons out of its own malignity? Mrs. Eddy puts this whole question in a nutshell when she states of Christian Science (Christian Healing, p. 15): “By rightly understanding the power of mind over matter, it enables mind to govern matter, as it rises to that supreme sense that shall ‘take up serpents’ unharmed, and ‘if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.’ Christian Science explains to any one’s perfect satisfaction the so-called miracles recorded in the Bible. Ah! why should man deny all might to the divine Mind, and claim another mind perpetually at war with this Mind, when at the same time he calls God almighty and admits in statement what he denies in proof?”

Christian Science offers the cup of refreshing water to the thirsty in every land. By means of the translation of its textbook, of its periodicals and pamphlets, into foreign languages, the healing waters are made literally to flood the world. Let all who are athirst drink copiously and lovingly of the truth which satisfies and which when understood is for every one a well of life eternal.

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