Have you ever been walking down the street in a dejected state of mind and suddenly caught the strains of the hurdy-gurdy man playing a delightful tune or heard someone whistling or humming or singing? If you think about it a moment, doubtless you will recall that invariably you caught the spirit of the music and went on your way in a much happier mood. Perhaps you even started to whistle or hum or sing, too!

Nearly everyone will agree, no matter what the quality of his voice, that singing is fun and, in the case of singing hymns, is uplifting. Singing is something I can remember always doing—while working, walking down the street, or carrying out my various duties at home. Of course, one is a much happier individual when he is singing. As a Christian Science friend said to me one time, "You cannot sing and be unhappy at the same time." How true that is! I remember feeling quite discouraged and sad one day; so I picked up the Christian Science Hymnal and began to sing some of the beautiful hymns. As I sang, at first through tears, the meaning of the words dawned on me, and in a very short time the unhappiness and tears were gone, and in their place was a sense of peace, inspiration, and joy.

No matter what one's religion is, the word "angels" has the generally accepted connotation of good, help, encouragement, support, love, and peace.On page 581 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy defines "angels" as, "God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality." The angel thoughts that our hymns contain help us to understand better the ever-presence of God, good, and man's inseparable relationship with God, his Father-Mother. They bring out the ever-availability of God's care for His children and consequently the folly of fearing evil's claims. Thus they substantiate the basic teaching of Christian Science that God, good, is All and evil is nothing.

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May 26, 1956

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