Permanence of Man

In these days of stress and destruction people need all the courage they can command. Many are they who need more than courage. They must have comfort. Some dear one has suddenly become invisible. He has passed beyond human ken. The five senses bring no report of his condition or whereabouts.

Yet there are moments when some divine influence draws every human being from the sorrows and uncertainties of everyday existence to the ever-present, if not always visible, world of peace and certainty. And after all, what is the one indisputable certainty? Life. One may be doubtful of most things. But never does one question that he lives.

Man's existence is the highest manifestation of the universal Life we call God. No one can say, "I do not exist." Nor can anyone recall a time when he did not exist, or picture a future when he shall have ceased to be. There is much talking about beginning and about ending. But comfortingly enough, no evidence can be adduced, in the way of individual experience, to support either of these issues. In other words, no one remembers coming into existence; no one knows anything of getting out. Whatever others may think or say of him, the individual himself knows none but a continuous existence.

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June 20, 1942

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