The Kingdom of Heaven

As children, many of us wove about us the fleeting fancies of a magic kingdom, whose king was mighty, and in whose mystical realm we roamed as a privileged prince or princess. Life was a succession of splendid battles fought and won, and our reward, the certain commendation of a beloved ruler.

That was child's dream-play; but equally futile and even less satisfying are the illusions we sometimes weave into what we call our maturer years. The quest for dominion and happiness never ends while we continue to look into the mazes of human belief for that which is spiritual and can only be spiritually discerned. Though we may not realize it, it is always a kingdom we seek, but that kingdom is the kingdom of heaven! And what peace descends on the struggling heart as the "still small voice" of Truth whispers, in the words of the Master, "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you"!

Jesus also said, "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." So it is as children of light, in the daily, hourly endeavor to radiate humility, trust, and righteous living, that every Christian Scientist is proving that the kingdom of heaven is indeed within, and demonstrably real. A necessary prerequisite to the realization of this kingdom of the understanding of what it really is, and the means of attaining it. Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 266), "Perfect and infinite Mind enthroned is heaven;" and on page 6 she says, "To reach heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the divine Principle of being." We therefore begin to look within to see whether we have truly understood our divine Principle, whether we have proved by daily deeds that the government of "perfect and infinite Mind" is enthroned in our consciousness.

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April 2, 1927

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