No doubt everyone is at some time assailed by the complaint of the woman who when questioned as to the reason for her seeming depression and gloom, which was not natural for her, replied, "Everything is so daily!" How weary the thought sometimes grows of the monotony of daily tasks, the same old things to do day after day, seeming to be in themselves drab and uninteresting. Daily meals to provide when provision seems meager, difficult to obtain, and unreasonably priced. The daily office work, the daily meeting of important business demands, the daily heavy responsibilities of the man of world affairs. What can be done to make them less "daily," less monotonous, less burdensome?

A good answer may be found in the definition of "day" given by Mary Baker Eddy in the Glossary of her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 584): "Day. The irradiance of Life; light, the spiritual idea of Truth and Love." If early in the morning one will earnestly contemplate this definition and look upon the coming day not as the passing of so many solar hours filled with material duties, but as the "irradiance of Life," the unfolding of "the spiritual idea of Truth and Love," then there will come to him a sweet consciousness of God's ever-presence and power, of the treasures of Truth and Love to be discovered, the dominion of Mind to be proved. He will find that his daily task is to glorify God and in that glory to find evil nonexistent.

Throughout the Scriptures we are told that Christ Jesus and seekers after Truth rose early in the morning to begin their day with prayer. Someone may argue that his daily tasks begin too early for him to take time for prayer before the day begins. But no matter how early one's chores may begin there is still what is called time before that. One can know that in truth he lives in eternity, unharmed by the pressing limitations of material time and space. God becomes more to him than sleep, and refreshment comes with a realization of his at-one-ment with God. Thus he can start his day with increased freshness, buoyancy, alertness, and joy.

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Weekday Religious Education
January 25, 1947

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