The new year is ushered in by many with a feeling of expectancy and hope, of added opportunities, of new pleasures and joys to come. To others the passing of the temporal year may be but a reminder of uncompleted tasks, broken resolutions, sorrows, and declining days.

In any case, if at this season and throughout the year our thoughts turn away from the belief of existence in matter to the understanding of life in Spirit, we shall enjoy more of the harmonies of eternal, spiritual newness. Paul told the Romans (6:4), "Like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." And again (7:6), "We should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter."

The understanding of immortal existence is a mighty force in human thought. It tends to wipe out both the unhappy recollections of the past and fears of the future. This spiritual consciousness of eternality brings the evidence of Christ, Truth, into everyday affairs. Christian Science teaches us how to utilize the divine truth of everlasting newness. That which is eternally new reflects Life persistent and insistent and has no possibility of deterioration or decay, of sin, disease, and death. The understanding of Life's eternal newness is felt in our human environment in increased health and harmony and the lessening of evidences of passing time.

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December 29, 1956

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