“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalms 27: 13)
Without hope, without faith, without expectation of good in our lives, we would surely give up. Without this natural and ever-present encouragement of Truth and of Love, this vision of victory, we would continue to live a lie, a life of doubt and cynicism and fear. But this is not our fate. We do believe. And Christian Science opens up to us the forever fact that not only is there a heaven, but that heaven is not something that awaits us in some elusive hereafter.
We can “see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” We are able to perceive and experience God’s creation in our lives, here and now, even in this limited concept we call earth. Jesus came to tell us this, and the forever-assuring Christ delivered the good news to the Psalmists centuries before. Our confidence is in this. We know that we can persist, never give up, and rejoice even when the way isn’t perfectly clear, because we know what we know. We know that Life is God and that His presence and power and love is more than a hope. It is reality.
So agree to and accept what you know to be true, what Truth itself has written in your heart: God is All and His goodness is here and now to be realized. Let this be the staff that keeps you from falling, and the light that keeps you from going into the sleep of discouragement. Our God is actively claiming us, renewing us, expressing His Life through us and His Love to us, right here, right now. Believe and rejoice.
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