Have We a Reason to Be Happy?

There may be a time, perhaps, when we think our life is lying in pieces. What we considered essential to our happiness has not come true. We were not given that important job we had been counting on or maybe "he" or "she" married someone else. Confronted with such a situation, the human heart is inclined to cry out in despair, "Why has this happened to me?"

Can Christian Science help us in a case like this? It certainly can. But not before we are ready and willing to listen; that is, listen to God, divine Love, not to the lamenting arguments of a supposed mortal mind apart from God. In Science and Health we find these comforting words of Mrs. Eddy's: "The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares." Science and Health, p. 574; We can be benefited by the experience, and surely we shall be if we do our part.

To keep on telling ourselves how unhappy we are and being sorry for ourselves will never get us anywhere. Just to sit and cry is selfish mental laziness. We cannot afford to stay in such a state of dullness and inactivity. The world has need of us. But mortal mind may argue that we are not wanted or that nobody cares what happens to us. Is this really true? What about our "best" Christian Science Hymnal, No. 224; and "ever Friend," as God is called in the familiar hymn? You and I, all of us, are very precious in His sight.

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The True Ransom
March 8, 1969

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