Man's Heritage of Joy

The consciousness of the Christian Scientist is like some sweet, still garden, wherein each day is unfolding new blossoms of thought, nourished by the dews of faith, refreshed by the winds of hope, and quickened into life and beauty by the warm sunshine of love. It is a place of perpetual springtime. As the world awakens each year from its long winter's sleep, so do mortals, too long asleep in material beliefs, awaken sooner or later under the transforming touch of Truth to find themselves in a new world of loveliness, the "new heaven" and the "new earth" of John's prophetic vision. The activity which unlocks the frozen shallows of the brooks, which flings green garlands on every bough and coaxes the anemone to uncurl its shy petals in the sunshine, is but a type of that spiritual activity which makes "the wilderness and the solitary place" of some starving human consciousness to bud and "blossom as the rose."

Mrs. Eddy asks, "Who that has felt the loss of human peace has not gained stronger desires for spiritual joy?" Then she adds, "The pains of sense quickly inform us that the pleasures of sense are mortal and that joy is spiritual" (Science and Health, p. 265). Joy, then, being spiritual, is but a part of man's eternal heritage. God's obedient idea has a right to be happy, because it is ever knowing and doing the Father's will. It is just as natural for man to be happy as it is for a bird to sing. Joy is a spiritual possession, and it necessarily follows that it is impartially and universally bestowed,—an ever present fact, as changeless and eternal as the Mind from which it emanates.

Supply Spiritual
August 21, 1915

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