"Rejoice Always."

The Scriptures admonish us over and over again, to "rejoice always," and as Scientists we have found the practical value of a joyful spirit. We have found that as we overcome our own errors of doubt and anxiety, we are able to rejoice; not simply to rejoice over the destruction of one particular error, but to have a joyful heart, a spirit of thankfulness. David says, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise." These are the gates of heaven and the courts of the Holy City, the abiding-place of God, and it is only as we have the spirit of praise and thanksgiving that we are able to enter. In proportion as we rejoice and give thanks are the gates opened, the heavenly kingdom revealed to us. The courts become our home and we are at rest in infinite Love.

Isaiah says, "With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." How blind and perverse have we been, our eyes closed to the beauties that were ours for the taking. What joy! what a beautiful thought! No more anxious days; no more weary nights, but beautiful joyful days; restful, peaceful nights, and why? Because we are beginning to understand God aright, to know that we are His children; that He careth for us; that the unsearchable riches of God are ours; beginning to know that we cannot be separated from Him; beginning to realize the fulness of joy in His presence. With joy are we drawing water from the wells of salvation, with thanksgiving entering His gates, and with praise His courts.

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