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Jesus, walking with Go-d, living with the Father, taking for granted the great facts of imortality and tiro ultimate victory of righteousness, / brought to the world the inspiration of living. He taught us that it was not in getting, but in living, that we reached the place of joy. It is not in earthly power, but in the being of life, that the most exquisite happiness is found. The secret of happiness is not complicated. It is simple. It consists of living as near to God as we can every day, in talking with Him in familiar communion when we are in trouble and when we are in joy : in realising that the earthly history is but a part of the great life which men shall always ( live ; in the tremendous consciousness every moment that we are in the presence of supernatural things ; in the knowledge that the ills of the flesh and the weaknesses and disappointments of the mind are but as broken playthings to the grown-up man or woman, because there is a heaven above us and an immortality within us, realising that the daily struggle is worth making when it makes for character, and that the overcoming life is the only one possible to a person made in the image of God.: So that the secret of happiness resolves itself at last into this becoming Christ-like, learning of His; character and of His Nature, loving God with all our mind, and loving our neighbours as ourselves, giving instead Q f getting, remembering that we are part of the great universe of everlasting tilings, and that the earthly life is preparation for an eternal life of magnificent possibility, realised from the things which have vexed us here, realised from the things which have tortured us here. We are not enduring these things as the Stoics did, shutting our lips and hardening our faces, but even in the midst of the cruel things, the hard things, and the disappointing- things wo learn to go about our tasks with joy even as He did, the only radiant Son of God, to whom we come back as the Source of the joy of our spirits., “These things,’’ He said, “I j

have spoken unto you. tliat My joy might remain with you, and that your joy might be made full.” Eet us get from him Him our joy. that we may, like Him. lie able to give again to those who are in need. — (From a sermon by the Rev. Chas. M, Sheldon.)

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SUNDAY AT HOME, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 13, 13 July 1907

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SUNDAY AT HOME Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 13, 13 July 1907

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