Friendship in War Time

In spite of all that has been written sentimentally on the subject, the fact remains that true friendship is founded wholly on Principle. Principle is itself the one sure friend of man, because it is always present, always the same, and available for every need. To be alone with God, divine intelligence, is to be alone with all there really is. Principle is the "friend that sticketh closer than a brother." We can then rejoice evermore in the possession of unlimited, actual friendship, safe in the infinity of divine Love.

Those who have been able to see beyond the depressing incongruities of mortal experience to the unchanging harmony of Spirit must always be content with this one joyous friendship. Even human friendships are preserved properly in proportion as human beings recognize the spiritual relationship of Mind and its manifestation. The fact that two or more people know something of Principle is the only fact, in the last analysis, which can give them a common meeting ground. No matter how much this fact may seem to be obscured, it is eternal; for the understanding of divine metaphysics is one and indestructible with all concerned. Thus as Mrs. Eddy says on page 131 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," "Where God is we can meet, and where God is we can never part."

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