I am writing in an atmosphere of peace. Mamma lies asleep in the living
room where I am working. I am glad to have her near me. In my prayer
ministrations for her I combine her case with all other matters that I
wish to have righted, and call them my problems. I endeavor to be
patient in my mind, still in my thoughts, and thankful for the fact that
I am a son of God, and I daily---year, several times a day---ask my
Father to solve my problems. He has shown such love and concern, that I
am encouraged to believe---in fact, I do fully believe---that He is
doing so. She has not, at my time during her manifestation of a lack of
health, suffered any pain. And she seems to manifest far more strength
that she did at first. I am grateful for this. I fully believe that He
solves this problem in a way that will be compatible with the universal
good. So I am thankful to say that I am not worrying.
I spoke of an atmosphere of peace. I have peace in my heart, as I rely
on the living God who takes care of us.
Mamma, as you know, has been lonely many an hour when I have been away
from home ministering to others. It is only fitting that after a life of
such faithfulness, she should be at ease in the arms of the Father.
One of the complaints that God made against the people of Israel was,
their thought were not His thoughts. Paul writes of the peace of God.
This is the inward peace that fills our hearts when we rely on Him, even
as He relies on Himself. This peace is superior to worry and foreboding
of evil. It garrisons our hearts and our understanding in Christ Jesus.
He who abides in this peace is in a safe place.
When our thoughts are negative, they are not God's thoughts. He is
affirmative. Paul says that the promises of God are in Christ, not yes
and no; His promises are YES. This is affirmative. When we depart so far
from the faith of God, that we are expecting the worst, our thoughts are
negative. They are filled with doubts. God's promises are to
believers---not to doubters.
So I desire for you that you will believe that God will solve our
problem in the only right and fitting way, and that we may safely rely
on Him. He is not only God; He is the LIVING God. He is alive to our
interests, which are also HIS interests. He has not gone to sleep, nor
has He become unconcerned. May we be patient, be still in mind, claim
our relationship to Him, and depend on Him to solve all problems that
I wish also for you, that you will lead a life of love. This is not
saying that you do not do this. It has been said that love is the
greatest unifying substance known. There is magic in it. The person
whose life is guided by a spirit of cynicism, or a spirit of distrust
and hatred, is an object of pity. Such a one will never know, unless
there is a change in his disposition, just what real living is. The life
that looks with suspicion on almost everybody, is a very poor specimen.
It knows no real joy. It may find a kind of satisfaction in this
attitude, but it is far from joy.
In many people you can find that which is grave, just, pure, agreeable
renowned one, or several, or all these qualities. Paul, in his
Philippian letter, asks us to be taking these into account. A person may
have only one of these, and several bad traits. Well, do not wholly
condemn him. In your evaluation of him, place on the credit side of the
ledger, that which belongs there.
A person said to me recently, "I won't let anybody run over me", and
finished with the question, "Would you?" My answer was, "Nobody ever
tries to run over me. If someone should try it I would not let him. But
I wouldn't hinder him by resisting him. I would hinder him by refusing
to resist evil". Christ said, "Resist not evil". When we resist it by
fighting, we give to evil an importance far in excess of what it
deserves. It requires no strength to resist it, but it takes great
strength of character to ignore it, and do good to those who
despitefully use us. Did the murderers of Jesus "run over" Him? No; He
ran over them, if you want to use that term, when He said, on the cross,
"Father, pardon them; they know not what they are doing".
In the early chapters of Genesis there are two stories which illustrate
what I am trying to say. Lamech was a fierce man. He was determined that
no one should "run over" him. He killed a man and then a boy. Then he
wrote about it to his two wives, as a warning to them, no doubt. He
wrote: "Hear my voice, ye wives of Lamech, for I have killed a man for
wounding me, and a boy for hurting me". You don't approve of Lamech, do
you! The other story is simply told in a few words: "And to Seth there
was born a son, and he called his name Enos. This man called upon the
name of the Lord". Instead of resisting evil he turned it over to
Jehovah, when someone tried to hurt him! If we follow this course, the
Lord will probable direct us to get away from the aggressor, and, it
necessary, stay away. People tried to kill Jesus before His time. He got
away from them, instead of resisting evil.
I would have you live the victorious life. But if you should ever try to
shut God out of your life, you are defeated. There can be no victory
without Him. It is He who gives the victory through Christ.
I would not have you limit God's power in your thoughts. Do not view
life in accord with your past experiences. I think it is a fact that
when our desires are in accord with the ultimate universal, good, and we
are fully trusting Him, there is nothing to oppose the manifestation of
your desires, except the thought of limitation that plagues so many of
us. That which is in line with the ultimate universal good is also in
accord with the will of God. He knows how to solve your problems. When
you come to Him in your thought of faith, rejoicing in the Lord not
worrying, not doubting, giving thanks, and making your requests known to
God, your wish is granted if it is in accord with good, and in any case
the peace of God shall garrison your thoughts and your understanding in
Christ Jesus. This is what you want, after all. If you don't get
specifically what you requested, you will be filled with peace that make
you satisfied and happy.
The just shall be living by faith. This is in your thought. If, in your
thought, you are limiting God the victory will not come. Let us remember
God's complaint that "your thought is not my thought". The result of
such an attitude will be, "My ways are not your ways".
That which is in accord with God's will is yours. But we often do not
get it, for there is, in our mind, doubt that God will let us have it.
This attitude of mind amounts to a rejection of God's good. We desire
it, but dare not think that God will grant it. If we ask for it in
doubt. As I have said, we thus reject it.
The victorious life is not merely one of getting. Giving is part of it.
We can train ourselves to give, and will miss the opportunity of giving
when we are deprived of the opportunity. I know this to be true. There
is a poor man to whom I give money every Saturday. Last Saturday he did
not come to town. I feel that I have been deprived of a privilege. I
shall send him a check tomorrow. I received some money today, and would
not think of keeping it all for myself. God gives to me, that I may give
to others. I would have you always on the alert, seeking an opportunity
to give in the name of the Lord.
There is a world-wide belief that giving means losing. I know that it is
not true. Giving in the name of the Lord, is making an investment. Paul
says it will bear fruit that will be increasing for your account. The
Book tells us that there is such a thing as scattering, yet increasing,
and also such a thing as withholding more than is proper, and having it
tend toward poverty. I know I have seen this proven many times.
We are told to "Bless, and curse not". This has to do with our human
relations. Many times we bless, or curse, by our thoughts of others. It
makes a lot of difference what you think about people.
It seems strange that so few know this. Let us suppose that a person is
sick. A dozen of his neighbors, with no intention to do him harm, will
say, "He'll never get well. Even if he does improve some, he is sure to
relapse. He need not expect to be better, permanently". Thus they make
an impression on thought substance, and a pattern of disaster and
hopelessness is created. The patient is injured by it He may not know
what they are thinking, yet, as he is a thinking being too, and their
thoughts are about him, the impression on the thought substance is
disastrous for him. On the other hand, his neighbors may bless him by
thinking affirmative thoughts regarding him.
You have noticed that children usually behave worse in the presence of
visitors, than they do when only the family is present. Why? Is it
meanness? No; it is because the parents think they are going to behave
But few people think of thought waves that make an impression on the
thought substance. They are acquainted with the reason we can here on
the radio, sounds reproduced from thousands of miles away. This is done
by waves in the ether. They are aware that sound waves can make an
impression on wax, so that, by means of a graphophone, just what was
said is reproduced. But not many know that there are thought waves.
These can even be "felt" by animals. A dog will bite the man who is
afraid, while it will not bother one who boldly walks into the animal's
presence. Even honey bees are affected by these waves, and a horse can
be managed more successfully by the unafraid trainer.
Mass thinking is even more effective. The American Was Between the
States came after many years of thinking along this line; and the
struggle in Korea is the outgrowth of the thought and the talk through
the years since the close of World War Two, that we are going to have to
If you want to bless people, think the right kind of thoughts about
Mamma and I have been facinated by watching the development of each one
of you, beginning forty-five years ago. We have lovingly watched your
career. No two of you are exactly alike. This is as it should be. We
have not been very wise parents, for people do not know how to be
parents, until it is almost too late. You, as children, have been wiser
as sons and daughters, than I have been o father. But you all know that
I do love you. Among other things, I have tried to teach you about God.
Not so well, I admit, for I have been rather slow to learn about Him,
myself. But I have tried.
You have given us grandchildren, and we love all of them. We love our
children-in-law. We are thankful for the families that have grown from
us.Mamma and I love each other. And we wish for all our children every
proper success in life.
In this time when Mamma is not able to help herself, and when the burden
on me would otherwise be almost intolerable, you have come to our help
and have been lovingly loyal. I think you and your mates have not done
this because it was your duty. You have acted from a very much higher
I advise you to let your thoughts of Mamma be constructive. To the
extent that she has improved. It has been done under the loving
thought---the hopeful thought---of myself and our children, and our
relatives, and our friends.
I am deprived of engaging in the activities to which I have been
accustomed. But is it a deprivation? Who knows but my ministration to
her is far more pleasing to God? There is not so much glamor about it,
but I believe that this loving service draws God's approbation on me.
Yes, and on you, for you are serving as best you can, even though all of
you are far away from me.
Let love, faith, courage, and proper thinking characterize us in all our