The Outlook

With the close of the year thoughtful people scan the horizon on which the light is dawning, though a backward glance may yet prompt the familiar query, "What of the night?" Whether we consider this query in its relation to personal experience, or to the larger fact of humanity struggling to reach the light,—we find it impossible to gain a satisfactory answer, apart from God. If we take the testimony of the material senses we have overwhelming evidence of sin and sorrow, wars and calamities which well-nigh threaten the extinction of the race, and to which is added the easy indifference of those who say, "All things continue as they were from the beginning."

In spite, however, of all that has darkened mortal experience we have clear evidence of a power unseen to physical sense, yet mighty to remedy every ill. To-day many cry out in their misery for the help which God alone can give, and say, as did Job, "Oh that I knew where I might find him!" That their cry will both be heard and answered is sure, for there are thousands who long "walked in darkness" but who have seen "a great light,"—even the dawn of Truth's day in Christian Science. The light came to them when sore perplexed and disheartened, and with no certainty as to the divine purpose either for themselves or others. To know that their path leads to the goal is the assurance which so many seek, and which many have found, and with it the courage and endurance to walk fearlessly wherever Truth points the way.

The Still, Small Voice
December 31, 1904

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