Divine Science knows no defeats. It proclaims one continuous victory. Defeat belongs to the illusion of physical sense, and presupposes the reality of evil. Since, however, there is no reality either in physical sense or in evil,—and there certainly can be none in illusion,—there are no elements out of which a real defeat can be concocted. In the absolute, fear, hate, greed, and animality, being wholly illusory, cannot produce conditions of destruction. The victory of righteousness, therefore, remains the normal outcome of every act, undisputed and irresistible. Victory is the natural goal of every right endeavor. In human experience victory is the crown which surmounts the cross.

The spring of 1918 in the United States, which is to-day the principal distributing center for the world's supplies, will long be remembered as a victory of good over evil. The unfolding has been unlabored, the normal growth of grain, fruit, and flower a delight to all. This notable spring proclaims the triumph of righteous prayer over the desires of the unrighteous. During the years of famine Joseph fed his brethren out of his plenty. Jacob said of him: "Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: the archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: but his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel)."

Among the Churches
June 15, 1918

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