"Rejoice in tribulation"

Mrs. Eddy counseled her followers to "rejoice in tribulation." She said. " 'Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth;' therefore rejoice in tribulation, and welcome these spiritual signs of the new birth under the law and gospel of Christ. Truth." Miscellaneous Writings, p. 18: Rejoicing in tribulation is something quite contrary to the world's ways.

However, Christian Science teaches us to depart from many of the world's ways. It shows that material situations have no more reality than the dreams we have at night. The latter seem very real, but upon awakening, we find they never were true. Thus whatever material problem presents itself, we can start solving it by rejoicing in the fact that though it seems to human consciousness very real, in divine consciousness, which is God's likeness, it has no reality. Armed with this joyous conviction, we can face our problems not only to work them out but to gain a higher understanding of God's allness and matter's nothingness.

A New Song
September 10, 1966

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