Right Refreshment

"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God." Thus sang the Psalmist, and he but voiced the plaint of many a weary heart longing for such sweet refreshment. Indeed, what Christian has not desired that consciousness of the presence of God which he has believed is alone all peace-giving and joy-fulfilling? For ages mankind has been crying out again and again for this pure consciousness, but it has frequently felt baffled and disappointed because of apparent failure to gain that recognition of the divine presence which alone can refresh and strengthen, invigorate and revive. Many are those who have felt that to find God was a task beyond the possibility of accomplishment. Even though Christians as a general rule have believed Him to be omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, their panting after Him has all too frequently sent them running hither and yon, with results all too fruitless and unsatisfying.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 32) Mrs. Eddy writes, "Jesus prayed; he withdrew from the material senses to refresh his heart with brighter, with spiritual views." He understood that refreshment could never be found in matter; that it was only to be obtained from that intimate association with divine Mind which reveals those brighter and spiritual views which bring revivification and true refreshment.

Jesus was so wise that he always went directly to the one source of all good for that necessary renewal of spiritual consciousness which everyone must constantly gain if he is to triumph over the insistent claims of evil. While it is God alone who can equip men for the work He has for them to do, and while He is always at hand pouring out the intelligence and wisdom necessary for its accomplishment, the human consciousness feels the perpetual need of being reassured as to this truth; and he is indeed wise who follows Jesus' example in turning to the divine Mind for such refreshment.

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Among the Churches
March 31, 1928

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