The path worth taking

[Name withheld by request]

The joy that accompanies a healing in Christian Science is so much more than delight in restored physical normalcy. The joy, in fact, nearly always precedes an outward indication of improvement. It arises spontaneously when Christ, Truth's saving illumination, has dispelled from consciousness some shadow of mortal belief.

The world considers joy the appropriate reaction to some positive external event. And there's certainly nothing wrong with being happy when things turn out as we'd hoped. Of far greater merit, however, is joy based on faith, hope, spiritual discernment, and awakening. As anyone healed through Christian Science can attest, this kind of joy, not some fluctuating circumstance, is the event that really counts. And when outward signs conform to our inspired certainty of God's allness and love, calm gratitude rather than excitement is more often than not the response.

The bird of faith
October 1, 1984

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