The True Ground of Assurance

Ah me, for why is all around us hereAs if some lesser god had made the worldAnd had not force to shape it as he would?Or else as if the world were wholly fair,But these dull eyes of mine so dense and dimThey have not power to see it as it is.

These words express very much the sentiments of many thoughtful people looking for a fuller light and revelation as to what God is, and what is His relation to His creation. We who have the joy of clearer vision through the spiritual illumination which came to our beloved Leader, guiding her to give to the world our wonderful text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," render grateful thanks to God and to His messenger. What a joy is ours to know that God is indeed all that the Bible declares Him to be, and that it is our privilege to realize this, knowing that the mists of materiality will vanish and our vision be cleared when we are willing to forsake the beliefs which have held us in thraldom, and turn with simple, childlike trust to divine Truth. Our prayer needs to be for the fuller understanding which is a "quality of God" (Science and Health, p. 506), that understanding which will indeed lead us into all truth. Since we know that in divine Love there are no shortcomings, that in omnipotence there is no lack, that in omniscience knowledge cannot be bounded, and knowing as we do to our great joy that man as God's reflection can only reflect what He is, our effort must be to sweep from our consciousness all that hides our true being. As we go along our way, seeking faithfully to live in obedience to Truth as revealed through the Bible and Science and Health, it is a great joy to demonstrate the omnipresence of divine Love and man's right and privilege to reflect that Love, and his dominion over material sense. We read in our text-book that Science "rests on fixed Principle, and not upon the judgment of false sensation" (Science and Health, p. 128).

"Thy Will be Done."
February 27, 1904

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