One of the most precious sentences in our text-book is found on page 494, "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need." I sometimes wonder if others have passed through the phases of thought concerning it that I have known. The authority and beauty of the grand declaration comes at first like a "Peace, be still," to every turbulent wave of fear. Next arises the questioning, doubting mortal thought, and the consideration of many occasions, past and present, which seem to afford proof that the inspired statement is fallacious.

I remember with what illumination there came to me one day the realization of all that is contained in that word "meet." The act of meeting implies the coming toward one of the objects to be met. The father could not meet the prodigal son with love and forgiveness and restoration until the straying one took the right path home, but then he recognized his child even "a long way off." The lack of knowledge and understanding of God has caused countless thousands to approach a false deity with pleadings and appeal, and disappointed hearts have either grown sick and faithless because of the lack of response or else bowed themselves in broken resignation to the supposed divine will.

To-day, however, thousands who once sat in darkness, having seen the great light shown us by our Leader, are proving daily that an acquaintance with the true God enables them to move toward Him in quietness and confidence. Exactly according to the understanding which guides their thought, the flood of ever-ready divine Love is able to reach them and "meet every human need." "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy."

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