When one contemplates the many marvelous experiences related in the Bible dealing with God's goodness—the healing of lack, protection from harm, guidance, the overcoming of sin, sickness, and death—one cannot fail to recognize that these instances point to the full and complete manifestation of God's love, or the fullness of goodness. It is important for us to know the fullness and completeness of God's love, for in doing so we acquaint ourselves intelligently with Him as the creator, source, and sole Giver of all good, who holds His creation, spiritual man and the universe, perfect and intact forever.

Mary Baker Eddy, the revered Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," reveals to us the measure of God's goodness. On page 336 she states, "Allness is the measure of the infinite, and nothing less can express God." Surely such is the nature of God that He does not withhold one blessing, one good thing, from His children. The study of Christian Science reveals that God is ever giving and man is ever receiving that which God gives. God has endowed man eternally with the good He created, and nothing can interfere with man's unity with God, good.

Because God ordained it so, all that He has is ours by reflection, to be enjoyed, but not to be hoarded or personally controlled. How could one obtain control of that which God created, when all that He made is spiritual, not material? God's goodness is expressed in spiritual ideas, not in matter. The parable of the prodigal son in the Bible is a powerful lesson in this direction. Believing substance to be material instead of spiritual, the prodigal said to his father (Luke 15:12), "Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me." In effect he probably thought that he could enjoy peace, happiness, supply, substance, and security away from his father's house. But he had to learn that these conditions are not found in matter, but in Spirit, and that they cannot be separated from their source and origin, God.

February 2, 1952

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