"The health of my countenance"

"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." It is evident to the earnest student of Christian Science that he cannot be "cast down" or "disquieted" if he is singing praises to God. While he is in the act of singing praises to God he cannot be sad of countenance.

At one time the writer had a helpful lesson bringing out this point. She was hurrying along to the street car on her way to work one severely cold winter morning. For some reason, now forgotten, she was feeling very unhappy and discordant. All of a sudden a cheery voice rang out, "Good morning," and looking up she saw a man with a load of garbage on his shoulder. He was thinly clad, but his countenance beamed with joy. The writer had never seen him before, yet he was wishing her, a complete stranger, "Good morning."

Mastering Decisions
May 9, 1936

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