KNOWING THE DIVINE NEARNESS

It was a gathering of Christian ministers and their familiars, who were holding an evening service on the beach. The sea and sky formed an illimitable blend amid the tinted shadows of the gloaming, and in their presence the subject of thought, "How shall the divine nearness be more fully realized?" seemed most fitting.

Many interesting words were spoken, especially by one who emphasized the thought that since God is Love, we realize His nearness as we know more and exhibit more of love, become more gentle, more joyous, more compassionate. Another dwelt upon the thought that our sense of the divine presence must deepen as we realize His causal relation to every human experience, that His hand is to be seen in sickness as in health, in sorrow as in joy, in defeat as in triumph, in the earthquake as in the quiet dawn, in the cyclone as in the gentle shower, in death as in life. Then there came a pause, and when others were lovingly invited to speak, a Christian Scientist, who had been listening thoughtfully at a little distance, drew near and said:

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