Happiness

As recorded in the sixteenth chapter of John's Gospel, Jesus once said to his disciples, "Your joy no man taketh from you." To the disciples who knew that the hour was at hand when their beloved Master should be taken from them, this may have seemed a strange statement; for not yet had the Holy Ghost come upon them, enabling them fully to understand the words and works of the Master.

All men undoubtedly desire happiness. Throughout the ages they have been engaged in the pursuit of happiness, but many have failed to lay hold upon it to any market degree, because they have regarded it as something outside of themselves. To the world in general, happiness has seemed to be very largely, if not entirely, dependent upon circumstances, conditions, or persons. Friends and enemies have robbed many a heart of its human sense of happiness, leaving a void which no earthly means could fill. Circumstances and conditions which mankind has not known how to control have made joy seem a very fleeting thing. What, then, did the Master mean when he said, "Your joy no man taketh from you"? Christian Science, given to the world through the unselfish devotion and labor of its Discoverer and Founder, Mary Baker Eddy, has brought the answer to this question and is awakening in many a heart a sense of joy of which mortal belief cannot rob it.

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