Rising above Environment

Long ago the Psalmist sang, "Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest;" and the cry has echoed down the centuries. It has always seemed the belief of mankind that if one were somewhere else, that if his surroundings or associates were changed, many of his difficulties would be removed. In the study of Christian Science, however, one learns the comforting and corrective truth that it is not necessary to make a change in location in order to gain health and happiness; one finds that what is needed to destroy discord is a change in one's mental point of view. As this constructive thought transforms one's basis of reasoning, many seemingly hard problems begin to be solved, and slowly but surely one comes to see that climatic conditions or varying temperaments should count for little.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 480) Mrs. Eddy declares, "There is no place where God is not;" and this uplifting truth has brought health and happiness to numberless thousands. When one lifts his thoughts to God, he begins to apprehend that God is everywhere; and since it is evident that where God is no destructive force can exist, there is in reality nothing to fear. So, as one turns his thoughts faithfully to the tender Father of all, strives to hear the compassionate voice of divine Love and to obey its behests with the glad trust of a loving child, his environment changes. Realizing, in the words of a loved hymn, that

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Resting in God
December 1, 1928

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