The Holy Comforter

Who in all the world has not at some time felt the need of comfort? Indeed, the burden in human hearts seems at times to be so great as to appear almost universal. All through the Bible there runs a thread of tender comfort, assuring men over and over again that God's purpose is that men shall not lack consolation. "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God," is a refrain which has rung out to many a troubled heart with its healing message.

In spite of God's promises that His people should never lack the heartening blessing of His conscious presence, mankind has gone on, in a very large degree, uncomforted. It still cries out, with eyes all closed in bewilderment, for freedom from dismay, believing that it knows not where to turn for help. Because men have not understood the reason for or the exact nature of their discomfort, it is scarcely strange that they have not been aware of the place where comfort was to be found or how applied. They have not realized that all difficulty has been due to the lack of knowing God, and so they have deprived themselves of the remedy which is always at hand.

When Christ Jesus promised his disciples that he would not leave them comfortless, but that he would come again and receive them unto himself, that where he was, they might be also, he proclaimed that endless comfort which cannot fail to be realized where there is the consciousness of unity with God and His Christ. In addition to this direct promise Jesus also prophesied the coming of the Comforter, which he said "is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name," adding, "He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." This statement of Jesus is one thoroughly familiar to every Christian Scientist, but the fullness of its meaning has yet to be learned; for does it not indeed set forth the possibility of God, divine Love?

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August 11, 1928

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