Signs of the Times

[Dr. E. A. Lowther, as quoted in the Tribune, Oakland, California]

Life is lifted above the transient to the eternal, above the sordid to the sublime only as it is lived Godward, as it is measured by the divine will, as it is spent in love and service according to the purposes of God. The life that is lived for sensual pleasure or for material comforts alone is headed for tragedy and utter defeat. Spiritual values alone will last. If life is made to consist in the abundance of the things possessed, it is subject to swift change and disaster. When we think of our life as a vapor or mist, we are warned to make it worth while. ... Even as vapor may be the medium for the rainbow, so life may reflect the glory of God. The mist is not lost when it becomes dew, or rain, or snow. It serves a purpose and gives its moisture for fruit and flower, for seed and harvest. So we can make this life immensely worth while. ... The business efforts of the traders of Antioch, Alexandria, and Damascus meant nothing because they ruled God out and claimed the future as their own. But any business that has the sanction and blessing of God has added value. Business and religion should be joined together; to divorce them means spiritual and, eventually, material loss. Religion should be the very genius of business. We will never enjoy life in its largest and highest sense until we ... place Him [God] in the very center of human experience. ... The more abundant life of God in human experience will redeem man from the limitations of sin and even from death, and make his life eternal.

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May 21, 1927

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