Religious Joy

A Distinct impression conveyed by those who attended our recent Communion and Annual Meeting was that they were actuated by a deeply religious sentiment which was manifest on all occasions, yet the evident happiness of each individual comprising this great throng was so marked as to cause comment in the newspapers. Every visitor seemed to be happy and to enjoy the many opportunities for renewing old friendships and forming new ties, yet this fellowship was subordinate at all times to the primary purpose and desire of the gathering. There was no evidence of holiday-making, no feverish striving after amusement, though there could be no doubt about the enjoyment and satisfaction of each one present. That it was a gathering of religionists intent upon receiving more of the good news of Christ that they might more efficiently succor the sinning, suffering, and dying as they themselves had been succored, was most noticeable, and at no place was this more apparent than at the home of our Leader in Concord.

The subdued and decorous bearing of the thousands of men and women assembled in Boston and in Concord evidenced their serious appreciation of their mission, their realization that Christian Science means present salvation from sin, sickness, and death, and that it is their privilege to give this regenerating and healing gospel to their fellowmen.

One who has known any considerable number of these people, both before and after their introduction to Christian Science, cannot fail to appreciate the reason for the cheerfulness and joy which mark these gatherings, and he will not mistake their joy for the thoughtless flippancy of mere pleasure-seekers, but will know that the benefits received by Christian Scientists through their religion fully justifies this good cheer. To have been healed of hopeless sickness, to have been freed from intemperance and other sins, is certainly good ground for an abiding happiness.

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The True Standard
July 18, 1903

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