"The world's lovers"

Are you one of them? If so, Mary Baker Eddy puts a probing question to you: "Who of the world's lovers ever found her true?" Message to The Mother Church for 1902, p. 17; Ah, yes; sooner or later the material world is unfaithful to all of us—whether we pay her only passing attention or have cared for her passionately.

Why? Why does everyone who loves the world find himself ultimately forsaken by her? Because of her deceptive nature. No lasting relationship can be built on deception. No true love can be consistently fostered when one of the partners is false.

True love has got to rest on a far more substantial foundation than what the world can offer. And what could be more substantial than God, eternal Spirit? A love for God is deeply satisfying, thoroughly fulfilling—that is, when we realize God is not only a good God but that He is intelligent good itself. We are never deceived by God, whose perfect love for us is unquenchable.

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Tracy and the practitioner
June 16, 1980

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