The Scriptures exhort us to hope, the Psalms frequently expressing this thought. On one occasion the Psalmist declared, "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God."

To mortal sense hope sometimes seems a futile thing, a blind holding of thought to something desired, but without full expectation of realizing that for which one hopes. "Hope" is defined in part as "trust; reliance." This, then, must have been the hope of which the Psalmist sang; for had he not proved time and again that through trust and reliance on God his need had been met? It is this hope that ever fills the heart of the Christian Scientist; for through spiritual understanding he too learns how to place reliance on God, the Giver of all good, even divine Love, "with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." Step by step he learns that God is ever pouring out the riches of His blessing upon His children, and that wherever he is, whatever his seeming condition, Love is present to guide, govern, heal, and protect.

The Ointment Very Precious
July 8, 1933

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