The Joy of Recovery

A Jewel of worth and beauty, perhaps a gift from some dear friend, has been mislaid. Perturbation follows; then a fear that some hand may have taken it unlawfully. Search begins; and though we affirm that nothing in God's universe can ever be lost, we at last accept a sort of halfhearted belief that our gem has disappeared beyond recovery! Regrets may follow this unseemly surrender to error. Possibly, too, we may have ceased to affirm the truth as we did at first, and have chosen to accept the testimony of the senses as the world about us is doing and has done since time began.

Weeks later, and while dusting a remote corner in an unused room, we glance down and see a glittering spark, a tiny glimmer of light. Can it be our lost treasure? We stoop to see. Yes; there it is, unharmed and as lustrous as ever; and how pleased we are! And all this because of a mere speck of earth, which men call a diamond!

Though we may have sincere regret over the supposed loss of some material bauble, and experience joy when it is found, of how much greater importance is our return to health, especially when we have been led to believe it forever lost. While under this delusive claim of loss of health, did we affirm the truth as determinedly as when our jewel first disappeared? Not an easy thing to do, perhaps, when the outlook is dark and seemingly barren of promise. Yet despairing victims to so-called disease and misfortune have countered the inroads of erroneous thinking by this same practice of "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man," which "availeth much," coupled with denial of the claims of error. Great indeed is our joy on recovery, when it has been made effective wholly by spiritual means.

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The Chosen People
December 29, 1923

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