CONVERSATION

How uplifting, refreshing, and revivifying are the inspired utterances of divine Truth and Love! Only ponder the marvelous beauty of the following words: "Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass." Watch a gentle summer shower descend! How tenderly, softly, easily, and evenly it falls. And then the sweetness of the vapory dew that spreads as a bridal veil o'er hill and dell, and leaves a blessing resting on the thirsty earth beneath, a token of the brooding watchfulness, care, and protection of divine Love. How peacefully, gently, and naturally falls this dew, leaving a divine benediction in its wake. Like this is the speech or teaching of Truth, the conversation "ordered aright" and governed by divine Principle.

Such holy conversation distils, or communicates, Truth, Love, and Life, comforting, blessing, edifying. It leaves in its track revived hope, strengthened faith, mercy, tenderness, sweetness, and peace,—all spiritual blessings. It is charitable and compassionate and kind, full of grace, gratitude, and praise. How thankful we should be to the Giver of all good that He has bestowed upon us the power to express in speech His hidden beauty. Right conversation flows in an even, harmonious stream, as the natural result of right thinking, benefiting all who have "ears to hear," glorifying God, and showing forth His salvation. If we would but turn our gaze toward the contemplation of the invisible, the "beauty of holiness," we would be surprised to learn how easily and naturally we may express in language that inner spiritual vision. The right words will fall as naturally as distils the dew or drops in gentle shower the summer rain. But, if we allow our thoughts to dwell upon error, instead of on the truth of being, our conversation cannot be ordered aright.

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