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From the May 1962 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In Isaiah we read, "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God" (40:1). And in later verses in this chapter there are these promises of God's comfort coming through the Christ: "The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. ... He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom." Still later we read that the Christ will "open the blind eyes" and bring "them that sit in darkness out of the prison house" (42:7). Also, God will guide us continuously.

And what a beautiful word is "comfort"! "Comfort," according to a dictionary, "suggests relief afforded by imparting positive cheer, hope, or strength." Could one do better than reflect strength and hope and thus be identified with God, cheering, encouraging, and gladdening the hearts bowed down with grief and trouble?

As one gains spiritual understanding of God through Christian Science, he acknowledges the omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience of God, divine Mind, expressed in His universe. He acknowledges God as ever-present Love. He acknowledges divine strength and goodness as ever-operative realities, not figments of wishful thinking or the imagination. With this understanding he can console and support the heart struggling to overcome the mesmerizing darkness of a mental prison house. He knows that Love is always unfolding the infinite perfection of Being, in which Life, Truth, and Love are perpetually and uninterruptedly revealed in the experience of each individual.

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