When the sun shines on human affairs, it is easy to sing. But when the clouds gather and the darkness of material sense seems to hide, the light, song often is shut out of the human heart. Then is the very moment to lift thought to spiritual reality and insist on the presence of harmony in accordance with Paul's advice (Eph. 5:18-20), "Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Paul wrote these words while a prisoner in Rome. With conviction he spoke of the power of song and gratitude, for had not he and Silas been freed by this very means from a prison in Macedonia? The striking story of their singing faith and its dynamic and immediate results is told in Acts (16:25, 26): "At midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed."

The prison doors of sickness, grief, and lack often seem to material sense closed with heavy iron bars. The temptation may come to one to be discouraged, to feel sorry for himself, to be resentful, to blame someone else for an unfortunate happening, to feel that some condition is unjust. The alert Christian Scientist quicky rejects these mesmeric suggestions.

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