"Come ye to the waters"

"Ho , every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat." Isaiah's compassionate appeal to the people is at once a loving invitation and a command, urging them to seek God, whence to draw an unfailing supply of good, of strength and love, for the tasks of each day.

Men and women in all ages have felt the need of an ability beyond their own personal capacity through which to win a substantial prosperity and to perform successful service, whether it be in public affairs or in the maintenance of a home, in giving inspiring companionship or practicing unseen self-denial. In all our tasks, when rightly accepted and understood, we may find the necessary ability and strength for performance, since God, whose work is finished and perfect, is the source of all intelligence and strength. If our best efforts sometimes seem to be attended with suggestions of weariness, or our thoughts filled with protest against some apparently difficult condition, we can turn to the promise in the prophet's radiant message, and know that the all-protecting love of our heavenly Father constantly strengthens and protects us.

The practical intelligence, strength, and the love continually required of us should not be regarded as liable to be lost or spent, but understood to be the living, eternal qualities which proceed from the one infinite Mind, God, who lovingly made all that is real. Great help in gaining an understanding of this spiritual fact may be found in studying Mrs. Eddy's definition of "God" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 587): "The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence." This clearly points us to the source of "the water of life," to the infinite good which alone enriches and sustains.

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July 28, 1934

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