Abiding Joy

"Your joy no man taketh from you." Thus ran one of the final promises given by Christ Jesus to his disciples as they supped together in the large upper room on the evening before his crucifixion. The new student of Christian Science sometimes puzzles over this assurance, which is frequently quoted, and which, he observes, brings much comfort and consolation to other students. How, he questions, can anyone help being affected by the things that happen about him? How can he escape being made sad or at least slightly unhappy by what other people say or do, when their words and actions touch his own life closely and vitally?

If he seeks the answers to his questions through a careful, faithful study of the Christian Science textbooks, the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, he soon discovers that what he had heretofore considered joy is not really joy at all, but merely a counterfeit, an illusion. He learns that true joy is spiritual, not material, as he had supposed it to be. He comes to understand that the joy of which Jesus spoke to his disciples at that passover supper was spiritual joy.

Attitude of Gratitude
August 5, 1933

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