The ever-presence of good

If you think that good has passed you by, you might want to think again—this time about the God who loves you.

It is interesting to realize how strongly we allow our response to situations to be determined by our memory of the past or fear of the future. And if we look to the inevitable mixture of happiness and sadness, fulfillment and disappointment that are a part of anyone's life, we may indeed conclude that good is fleeting, unstable, or maybe even impossible to attain.

As a result, many people may be convinced that they have been unlucky with their lot in life. Others live with an almost perpetual sense of insecurity or a hopeless yearning for good. Many resign themselves to their frustrations and disappointments.

But haven't you known people who despite a troubled sense of the evasiveness and instability of good have turned to God for deeper meaning in life? When this happens, and one really hungers to know God better, the study and practice of Christian Science can lift from a heart the heavy burden of doubt, disillusionment, and fear and reveal instead a life that expresses the fullness of God's purpose.

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Stranger at the gate
May 28, 1990

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