"No night there"

In that deeper study of the Scriptures which naturally attends a growing understanding of the teachings of Science and Health, the beauty of their spiritual meaning is unfolded to us in ever increasing measure. For instance, we read in Genesis, "The evening and the morning were the first day." Pondering this statement in connection with Mrs. Eddy's definition of day,—"The irradiance of Life; light, the spiritual idea of Truth and Love" (Science and Health, p. 584),—the writer came to see that even the wording of the Scriptural record passes over that which mortals call night by telling us only of the day, and leaving night and darkness still to be accounted for.

In times of stress and sorrow the darkness often seems to be all around us and the material sense of day brings not a ray of light; yet in God's universe there is never any cessation of His brightness, never any lessening of His glory, never a time when His day is not with us, for "there shall be no night there,"—no night at all in that city of our God visioned by the beloved disciple. In Zechariah we read: "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: but it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light."

These positive promises are for God's children now,—to banish from our thoughts the sense of darkness and night, also time, and to bring us into a more illuminating sense of Spirit's radiant day. Of necessity, the mortal sense of time brings a thought of daylight and darkness following close upon each other, yet here is our promise that "at evening time it shall be light." Where all is light we know there can be no darkness, and then it is that our material sense of night begins to give place to the mentally clearer view of omnipresent day, or Love's illumination.

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"There is a God in Israel"
December 1, 1917

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