Of all the similes used in the Bible to illustrate the power of Truth and Love, the most frequent is light. In the first chapter of Genesis it is recorded that God said, "Let there be light: and there was light." The dawn of spiritual understanding dispels the unreal phenomenon of darkness, making manifest the spiritual universe with perfect harmony.

In the material world, light is perhaps the most loved thing there is. The day brings cheer and joy and opportunity to the strong and well, while those who are bound with the chains of suffering or sickness or fear, greet its coming with relief, and there is scarcely any human grief which the sunshine does not heal a little. The essential quality of light is that it makes manifest. "Whatsover doth make manifest is light," said Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians; and Jesus said of his followers, "Ye are the light of the world," meaning that those who followed him truly, in deed as well as in word, did make manifest to the world man's true selfhood, which was ever in its perfection, needing only the light, or realization of the truth of being, to break through the darkness of erroneous human belief and make it apparent.

In the book of Job we read of God's graciousness to man, and His promised deliverance of the one who seeks divine aid from fear and pain. When the light of spiritual understanding makes manifest the perfection of God's idea, man, then all the false beliefs of imperfection must disappear like mist in the sunshine.

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"Count it all joy"
September 12, 1914

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