"One innate joy"

Joy is an ever-present characteristic of real being, for it is of God. It is not dependent on any condition or environment, nor predicated upon any other mental attribute. It is, because God, good, is.

Let us, then, individually look to our true sense of joy! When we are lovingly, spiritually, wisely joyous the subtle, obstructive arguments of error can no more find an abiding place in our thinking than darkness can remain in a room flooded with light. When joy is spiritually perceived and actually exercised, it is found to be a living function in consciousness which nothing can still. Its vitalizing radiance reaches down to the depths of despair and lifts one's consciousness to the heights and activity of Love The Master's promise stands forever true: "Your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you."

One midafternoon, while riding home at the close of the day's business activities, a Christian Scientist became aware of a profound, quiet realization of joy. With a touch of surprise, she began to search for a reason. There had been for some time no change in her environment or in the circumstances of her life. The day itself had brought much responsibility, some new problems, and a desk unusually laden with work. There had been no depression or anxiety. Yet, she concluded, neither had there been any special occasion for the joy she was experiencing.

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The Perfect Remedy
April 6, 1935

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