There are no deserts in divine Mind! An arid wilderness, devoid of fulfillment and fruition, cannot be the outcome of that infinite Mind which lovingly and uninterruptedly expresses itself in the infinite manifestation of all good.

It is worthy of note that Christ Jesus, who proved for all time that there are no deserts in infinite Mind, had first to demonstrate this truth for himself in what the so-called mortal mind termed a wilderness, or waste place. Following his baptism by John the Baptist, when he heard "a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matt. 3:17), Jesus was "led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." The account reads: "And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him he said. If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

Jesus' instant rejection of the temptation to believe in emptiness instead of fulfillment and his recognition that infinite Mind is ever present and consequently ever available, met and mastered the insidious suggestion that there could be a wilderness, or waste place, in Love's kingdom—a place where God had abandoned His idea. Was it, perhaps, this realization which later enabled Jesus to satisfy the hunger pangs of a multitude of more than four thousand? Here again the demonstration took place in a wilderness and again disproved mortal mind's claim that there is reality in emptiness.

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March 29, 1952

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