God's mercies—"new every morning"!

Nothing brings freshness and renewal to our days like "the divine energy of Spirit."

What a joy to discover a new approach to a difficult problem and then solve that which at first seemed impossible. This is not an infrequent experience for God-inspired men and women. Who doesn't see the possibility for his own greater achievement when reading in the Bible about such figures as Moses, Deborah, Elisha, Ruth, Paul? They broke deadlocks of limitation, persecution, ill health, and imprisonment by following God's guidance. Even the writer of Lamentations, who mourned, rebuked, and at times colorfully complained about the miseries that had befallen Jerusalem, found improvement in a higher outlook. He remembered how God had helped him in the past and proclaimed: "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning." Lam. 3:22, 23.

Most of us have been lamenters at times, sorrowing over and even complaining about hardships. It isn't that we haven't wanted new ways to deal with important issues. Who doesn't want to be rid of anxiety, to express well-being in body, home, business? Even so, if we have merely ruminated about discords (and continue to), we have not been seeking the help of God, divine Spirit. But it's not always easy to turn away from the familiar to the new—to more spiritual views. Letting go of the feeling and belief that one is a physical entity dependent on people and possessions can seem somewhat like letting go of the edge of the swimming pool when first learning to swim. Yet after we let go and learn to swim we don't fearfully clutch the side anymore.

In a not wholly dissimilar way, time and again I've found that studying the Christian Science textbooks—the Bible and Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy—has brought fresh inspiration and guidance, launching me in a new and higher direction. For instance, this passage from Science and Health has been a good frustration-dispeller: "Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy." Science and Health, p. 249.

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