Singing and Soaring

Radiant happiness, often a characteristic of Christian Scientists, is frequently commented upon by those who are questioning what there is in the religion discovered, taught, and lived by Mary Baker Eddy which so differentiates its followers from their fellows. Long ago, to the sweet singer of Israel, the way to happiness was an open secret, for as he declared in the one hundred and forty-fourth Psalm, "Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord."

In speaking of her own joy in the midst of multitudinous activities and seemingly arduous duties, our beloved Leader writes in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 174): "To-day my soul can only sing and soar. An increasing sense of God's love, omnipresence, and omnipotence enfolds me. Each day I know Him nearer, love Him more, and humbly pray to serve Him better."

Christian Science teaches us that real happiness lies in recognizing our divine sonship; and our true activity is always in loving obedience to this recognition. One who is continually striving to reflect spiritual love is constantly seeking to see the Father's image in everyone, and to remove from thought anything that would obstruct this perfect vision of God and of man as His likeness. It is only as one loves unselfishly, as one shares with others the wonderful truth that has enriched his own life, that he comes to know the boundless possibilities of that fullness of joy which is the portion of the followers of him—the Master—who went about doing good.

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March 28, 1931

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