Good is never dormant

Good isn't seasonal—it doesn't come and go. It is always with us. But we need to expect and accept it!

During one cold midwinter season, many forms of nature were dormant, including the hundreds of apple trees visible from our window. The frigid view had its counterpart in a bleak, unproductive effort to sell our home. It had been two years on the market without a single serious offer. At times when I felt anxious and discouraged I found myself asking, "Isn't there someone, somewhere, interested in buying our home?"

About this time, I was asked to serve as substitute First Reader in the branch Church of Christ, Scientist, of which I am a member. While preparing for the service, I read the definition of Church given in Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. Beginning with the absolute statement of its nature and source, she writes, "The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle." She continues, "The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick." Science and Health, p. 583. As I prayed to discern more vividly the practical truth this definition contained, there came to me with profound inspiration and clarity the four words "Good is never dormant!"

August 21, 1989

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