The Present Sorrow and the Coming Peace

LETTER NO. 85 - DECEMBER, 1917

From the dim distant past there comes to us the voice of Isaiah in one of the grandest and most soul-inspiring of prophesies:

"Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is

given: and the government shall be upon

his shoulder: and his name shall be called

Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the

everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

"Of the increase of his government and

peace there shall be no end, upon the throne

of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it,

and to establish it with judgment and with

justice from henceforth, even for ever."

Nor is the song of the angel choir above the Galilean hills less potent to stir the soul with its sublime ideal:

"On earth peace, and

Good will toward men."

But looking facts in the face as seen in the world today, such sayings seem little short of mockery; and from the customary viewpoint of the man in the street all the platitudes offered by the religionists cannot make the situation in the so-called, "Christian world" less odious.

But when we apply the cosmic scale of perspective and measurement, it is different. Goethe says well:

"Who never ate his bread in sorrow,

Who never spent the midnight hours

Weeping, waiting for the morrow,

He knows ye not ye heavenly powers."

As with individuals, so with nations. Sorrow and suffering seem unfortunately to be the only teachers they will hear. Hence the necessity for their lessons. Viewing life as unending we are not dismayed at the so-called "loss of life" incident to the present war. Those killed will all be born again, and by their experience they will be better than they are now. Peace and good will are bound to come in time when we have learned to abhor war, hence we may well rejoice at the prospect and earnestly pray for its consummation. I would particularly urge students of the Rosicrucian Fellowship to unite in this prayer on Holy Night at midnight when the usual service is held in the Pro-Ecclesia by the workers on Mt. Ecclesia.

We enclose a little leaflet, "The Bible at a Glance," with seasonal greetings from the workers on Mt. Ecclesia, hoping that you may find the former both interesting and instructive.