God's Reviving Love

At intervals men make good resolutions, chiding themselves for failures and inefficiencies. In retrospect the past seems dark and beclouded, and they try to imagine before them a prospect of success and brightness. They excuse past wrongs as being due to circumstances, or to the interference of other minds, and hope credulously for circumstances fortuitous, and for friends subservient, so that in consequence honor and power and glory shall accrue to the much loved self. The defect of most good resolutions and intentions is consequently this,—they leave God out of consideration. Mrs. Eddy's poem (Miscellany, p. 354) corrects this by speaking of the New Year as being

Sweet sign and substance
Of God's presence here.

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Newness of Life in Christ
January 3, 1920

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