The fragrance of Christianity

We don't know always from where a lovely fragrance is coming. Such is true of the fragrance of Christianity. We may sense an atmosphere of joy and gratitude—an air of spirituality—without really knowing how or through whom the Christ is being expressed. This is one of the special blessings of living the Christianity Jesus taught. An expression of praise and gratitude permeates the mental atmosphere and brings an awareness of goodness and well-being.

The mental atmosphere emitted by the Christ is always joyous. One is not listening to his own inner voice, not really being himself as the child of God, if he isn't filled with a deep-seated joy. Even though a certain circumstance may be tear-filled, the Christ is ever present in human consciousness to replace those tears with spiritual joy.

Gratitude is an aspect of joy. Often it's the ascending thought by which we rise out of an unhappy human circumstance and reach the pure joy of spiritual consciousness. Gratitude, consistently cultivated, not only holds before us the good for which we are grateful but leads us to the source of good, to God. This enables us to share any blessing, for we apprehend the divine source of all good and know there are no private blessings exclusively bestowed from a universal God.

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June 9, 1980

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