Humanly conceived, a cycle is described by Mary Baker Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" in these words (p. 190): "Human birth, growth, maturity, and decay are as the grass springing from the soil with beautiful green blades, afterwards to wither and return to its native nothingness." If burdened with the belief that we must undergo materialistic cycles, we can be uplifted and healed by thoughtfully considering the scientific counterfact of this belief, stated in the sentence which follows the one just quoted, where Mrs. Eddy says, "This mortal seeming is temporal; it never merges into immortal being, but finally disappears, and immortal man, spiritual and eternal, is found to be the real man." Spirit and matter have never concurred in the universe or in man; they are incompatible. In reality, there is no ebb and flow of good; there is only good, constantly present, invariable, never lapsing into anything less than good.

Whereas the human is believed to be subject to the limiting beliefs of age—childhood, adolescence, middle age, old age—the man of God's creating is as eternal as God Himself. Spiritual man cannot experience cycles of depression, recession, and prosperity any more than God can or does. However, it behooves us to claim our divine birthright and so prove these facts to be true. Jesus said (John 10:10), "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

April 24, 1954

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