CHANGELESS LOVE

The stationary appearance of rock-bodied mountains points beyond the fleeting objects of time to the things of eternity. Evening shadows may play about the stolid walls of lofty peaks, hidden springs overflow their cragged confines into foaming falls, and winter's avalanches plunge headlong with their mass of unlodged objects; but year after year, to the outward eye, the mountains stand unmoved and unchanged save, perchance, for the different mantles thrown over them by the season's fancy. In the midst of human variableness, hope and faith behold these statues of constancy and take courage; yet both, if they would live, must soar still higher and reach beyond all outward testimony until they rest upon "the evidence of things not seen," since chemistry teaches that matter is in a state of continual change, and that the substance of every mountain is undergoing constant mutation, despite all evidence to the contrary.

Immersed in these theories and blind to everything but the outward, materialism declares immortality a question and life a problem incapable of solution. Out of such darkness only the exquisite commingling of reason and the teachable faith of a little child can lead into the light of that spiritual understanding which reveals the changeless substance of divine Love, and pleads with mankind, as did the apostle Paul, to look, "not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." God has never been seen by physical sense, nor has He ever been known except through the medium of thought or the spiritual senses of man. Thus it is not strange if, in searching for permanency of being, we turn away from matter's fleeting shadows to the supersensible realm of Mind and perceive therein spiritual Love, immovably fixed as Principle and idea. (See Retrospection and Introspection, p. 89.) Do we not always find the unchanging two times two are four within? and would we not pitifully stumble in ignorance if our knowledge of numbers were confined to their symbolical figures, whose manifestation is always at the mercy of an eraser?

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