A Reason for Joy

"SING, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains." Thus, in figurative language, the prophet Isaiah exhorts to joy. And he gives as the reason, "The Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted."

It is noteworthy that Christian Scientists are a joyous people. Even those who are just beginning the study of Christian Science often mention their new-found joy. But this spiritual joy springs from vastly more than the physical healings which demonstrate God's power and willingness to save and protect from pain and discomfort. Even before all false beliefs of affliction are overcome, and even though new ones may arise, the genuine Christian Scientist retains his joy, because he knows that the same spiritual law, the demonstration of which has brought him release on former occasions, is operating with full force in the present. He knows that, as he perseveres, healing will be manifested. What joy to know that Christ, Truth, is "the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever"!

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