"Lo, I am with you alway"

Is there a more comforting passage in the Bible than the one in which Christ Jesus is quoted as saying to his disciples, "Lo, I am with you alway"? The assurance contained in this statement applies to us, no matter where we are or what we are. There is always the presence of the Christ, Truth, ready to heal and save, to wipe away tears from the sorrowing, to comfort in tender compassion, to bind the broken-hearted, and bid the heavy-laden take off the yoke of bondage and fear. "As the hart panteth after the water brooks," wrote the psalmist, "so panteth my soul after thee, O God." This cry is constantly reechoed by the spiritually minded in all ages, and Spirit is always ready with its reassuring answer.

The ever present Christ gives true love to mankind, in which joy can be found in the songs of the birds, in the flowers, and in the laughter of babes at play. The gentle Christ touch of love practiced daily in all the activities of human experience will smooth out trials and give overflowing blessings, placing the song of gratitude upon the lips of those who love to serve God. Kindliness, friendliness, thoughtfulness, and unselfishness are qualities with which to clothe ourselves as with a garment of gladness, and wherewith to protect the spiritual understanding of the Christ within. With this abiding sense of present help, no one need be afraid to work in God's vineyard, or to gather the fruits of the Spirit, for the wine press gives the real inspirational understanding of Truth. Christian Scientists who have started the work in certain fields, or those who are going forth into new ones need never falter under the weight of a supposed personal responsibility when they recognize that Truth has always been present everywhere. Christian Science is already discovered and founded. The ark is safe when no hands try to steady it except the hands of God.

A darkened and perplexed world to-day needs the assurance which Christ Jesus gave to his disciples so many centuries ago. The gleams of white light can penetrate the darkest clouds, stay the blackest hands, and nullify the blackest arts. In that glorious one hundred and thirty-ninth psalm, in which the singer declares his conviction of the ever presence of the Lord, the Christ, Truth, we read: "If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." Since hell is as truly a state of evil mind as heaven is the atmosphere of right thinking, it follows that the Christ, Truth, representing the perfection of Mind, can destroy those phases of wrong thinking which are grouped under the designation of hell. In the Glossary of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy has defined hell in the following words (p. 588): "Mortal belief; error; lust; remorse; hatred; revenge; sin; sickness; death; suffering and self-destruction; self-imposed agony; effects of sin; that which 'worketh abomination or maketh a lie.'"

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March 30, 1918

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