"Our heavenly Parent"

Loneliness is the result of regarding a world which seems unfriendly and indifferent from the standpoint of human selfhood. The remedy is to look out from the standpoint of God's creation upon a universe full of beauty, usefulness, unlimited opportunities, and blessedness. Loneliness would steal our priceless treasures, such as joy, hope, happiness, gratitude. It would have us believe there is a power apart from God, good, and fear it. It would build a high wall of selfishness and thus shut out from our view the beauty, loveliness, and holiness symbolized in nature's constant unfoldments, and expressed here and now in loving deeds, unselfish service, the joyousness manifested by little children—all showing the healing power to God.

Loneliness seems to enter human thinking through separation from loved ones, offense taken easily, a sudden thrusting out among strangers, a false sense of pleasure, willful human outlining, self-pity, self-justification, self-love. In analyzing these suggestions of error, we find that they ally themselves with belief in a power apart from God, and that they depend upon personality, not on divine Principle.

Loneliness is a claim that good is inactive, and this dull sense is dispelled as we firmly and courageously face the arguments which it uses and think actively on the things of God. Paul wrote, "To be spiritually minded is life and peace." It is possible and practical instantly to correct this and all wrong thinking through the contemplation and acceptance of spiritual existence, and by displacing each erroneous belief with a true thought from God.

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The Christian Science Textbook
September 9, 1933

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