Divine Loveliness

Since the beginning of mortal history the beauties of the so-called material universe have appealed to the human heart. Day, with its golden sunlight; night, star-jeweled; clouds of ever changing form; the seasons' cycle; the flowers and the fruitage—all have aroused varying emotions, according to the beholder's mental attitude. Meditating on these wonders, the Psalmist declared: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge."

To regard all earth's loveliness as merely material is to misinterpret the spiritual lessons and the promises it presents. These symbols of the supreme creative power become more beautiful to thought which is approaching the true understanding of God as divine Love, for it is seen that Love could express nothing that is not beautiful. In the course of his great sermon, in conveying to his hearers the lesson of God's loving providence for all His children, Christ Jesus pointed to the flowers, which so abundantly graced the hillsides of Palestine, saying, "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."

Spirituality versus Popularity
October 4, 1930

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