THESE ARE GOOD TIMES

These are good times. In them there is joy and peace for each of us. Not that the joy is evident to unenlightened thought or the peace available if we look for it in material circumstances. Centuries ago Christ Jesus made a promise meant for all who intelligently look above the materially obvious to find the spiritually tangible. He said (John 16:22), "Your joy no man taketh from you." Again he said (John 14:27), "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you."

God's goodness is always the present fact. Never can this be more clearly seen than at the precise moment we most need to see it. This is to say that human consciousness is most ready to receive the Christly teaching of Love's ever-presence when experience has taught the futility of mortal and material ways and means. An old saying goes. "Man's extremity is God's opportunity." The futility of material planning and the emptiness of material so-called existence raise these questions: Where is help to be found? Where is there a requited hope? And the answer is: In God, in infinite, ever-present Spirit. Man, made by God in His image, lives in the realm of Spirit, sustained and protected by spiritual laws and resources. God's presence is man's sustenance.

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