… and God, even our Father, which hath loved us… comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

II Thessalonians 2: 16-17

If we assume an all-powerful or infinite Presence and Power back of, within and through everything – as we must – then we should realize that this Power or Presence, which is God, could not possibly operate against Itself without destroying Itself.  We know of no energy in nature that can destroy itself.  This means that the Power back of everything actually is good, or, as Jesus said, “There is none good save one, which is God.”  We need not worry about this or wonder about it or ask questions about it. It is self-evident that goodness alone can endure forever.  Good is a synonym for God.  Good and God mean the same thing. Therefore, the final truth and absolute reality about all things is that God is good.  And since God is the Divine Presence right where we are, good is right where we are and ever available to us.  But we must recognize and claim this good if we are to use it.

Today I know that my good is at hand.  I see this good in persons and places and things.  Nothing but goodness can go from me, and nothing but goodness can return to me.  There is nothing unlike goodness in my experience.  There is nothing but kindness, nothing but generosity.  My whole inner being responds to this goodness, recognizes it everywhere.  Feeling it everywhere, seeing it everywhere, I am enveloped in it.  And even as I draw this goodness to me and become saturated with it, it flows out in every direction, blessing everything it touches, helping everyone, bringing wholeness and happiness to everyone.  “His goodness endureth forever,” and I endure forever.  In joy, then, I awake to every new day; in joy I rest in the eternal goodness, and evermore there is a song in my heart as it overflows with the acknowledgment of good.


Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

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