Serving with Gladness

WHEN the Psalmist wrote, "Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing," he sounded a note of assurance and victory. To serve God "with gladness" and to "come before his presence with singing" is to claim the blessing which always awaits those who approach Him in sincerity and in truth.

Serving divine Principle with gladness of heart, regardless of whether or not all our problems are as yet solved, and regardless of the nature of these problems, is a wonderful means of inspiration. Such an attitude of thought helps to minimize to our mental gaze any difficulty with which we may seem to be confronted. Rejoicing in good, in the present fact of Love's perfect creation, uplifts thought and helps to dispel the dream of material sense. Even though we have not yet fully experienced it, we can always say, "I will rejoice in thy salvation."

A young student of Christian Science whose own need appeared to her to be very great listened eagerly to the testimonies of healing given at a Wednesday evening meeting. It seemed as though she was beset by problems, among them being a physical disability, a condition of lack, and circumstances in the home which seemed far from harmonious. As she heard the expressions of gratitude from one after another she thought, How glad and joyful I shall be when all these problems of mine have been solved! Then to her thought came the words from Jesus' parable of the talents, "Enter thou into the joy of thy lord." So preposterous seemed to her the demand that she could or should enter into joy while so many problems remained to be solved, that at first she paid scant attention to the words. They came again, however: "Enter thou into the joy of thy lord." This time she thought, How can I do this while I am beset by all these difficulties?

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Plowing and Pruning
October 15, 1932

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