Commencement day! What memories these words bring to many of advancing years, and what joy and expectancy to those who are just completing their school days! Words of wisdom and encouragement are given at the commencement exercises, farewells are said among friends, congratulations received, and the students are ready to embark on a career or to pursue a higher course of study.

How does the Christian Scientist approach the day of commencement? He may begin with the recognition of God as divine Mind, Spirit, the source of all substance and action. He may well recall Mary Baker Eddy's definition of "day" in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 584): "The irradiance of Life; light, the spiritual idea of Truth and Love." In view of these spiritual facts the Christian Scientist maintains with assurance that his every experience is illumined by the light of spiritual understanding. He recognizes that the angels of God's presence, the rich resources of Soul, are ever at hand to accompany, enlighten, and support him on his way.

What should be the life purpose of each one of us? Is it primarily to find a job, gain happiness, support a family? No. These are desirable human objectives, but the main purpose in living is to glorify God each day in every thought and deed, to learn to say with Jesus (John 8:29), "He that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him." The consistent desire to do God's will and the constant recognition of His presence constitute a sure guide to successful living.

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May 29, 1954

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