In order that we may have spiritual peace, the only real peace there is, our communion with God and meditation upon the things of Spirit must outweigh our contemplation of things material. A Christian Scientist was asked, "Have you reached the place in your study of Christian Science where you are always at peace?" The answer came quickly: "One is always at peace when his thinking is spiritual."

There is no enduring peace attainable without constant effort to keep thought attuned to the divine Mind. Mrs. Eddy says on page 506 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace." It is possible for one to be ever at peace by attaining the place in his study and application of Christian Science where he understands the allness of God and man's inseparability from Him. By applying the truth faithfully, he may learn to know God as his constant guide and helper, thereby being obedient to the words of Scripture, "Acquaint now thyself with and be at peace."

"The peace of God, which passeth all understanding," spoken of in Paul's epistle to the Philippians, is man's divine inheritance. But in order to enjoy such peace, the method of attaining it must first of all be spiritually understood. Then, through consecration to God and steadfast, righteous endeavor, we can make it our constant companion. The peace of conscious at-one-ment with God is the result of spiritual understanding, and is accompanied by supply for all our needs, length of days, and true joy. This must necessarily be true, for the peaceful realization of God's allness brings with it also the realization of the infinite abundance of good, since God is good. Peace of mind comes from conscious unity with the divine Mind; such righteous reflection is the expression of life eternal and lengthens our days. The understanding of man as spiritual, inseparable from his creator, brings true, lasting joy. In Proverbs it is written of wisdom: "Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace."

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The Prayer of Gratitude
November 16, 1935

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