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Editorial

The Light of Reason
December 1902
Published Monthly
Edited by James Allen

Vol. II. December 1st, 1902 No. 6

Devoted to:
The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life.

We should be glad if our readers would kindly send in their subscriptions for 1903 as early as possible. By so doing they will greatly facilitate matters at headquarters.

The present month sees the completion of the first year and the second volume of The Light of Reason, and its success has been such as to assure its continuance. The hundreds of appreciative letters which we have received from readers in all parts of the world during the year are an all-sufficient testimony to the fact that the journal was needed. They are also, to us, a prophecy of future usefulness and of the completion of the ideal which we had formed in connection with the work.

The invitation which was sent forth by us in our initial Editorial has met with a general and continuous response, and its result—the section on "Our Talk with Correspondents"—has formed not the least interesting and instructive feature of our journal. Numerous letters of inquiry have also been dealt with privately, being of such a sacred nature on the one hand, or of little interest to the general reader on the other, as to preclude them from being replied to in our pages.

All letters and manuscripts received pass through the editorial hands and receive the most careful consideration, no effort being spared to deal justly with them; and here, although we know that those who work in the spirit look for no thanks for their efforts, we would express our deep appreciation of the work of those contributors who, by their soul-strengthening pieces in prose and verse, have helped to make our pages sweet, bright and inspiring.

Many of our contributors are experienced writers, whilst several beginners have for the first time been enabled to speak the word of comfort, strength and inspiration, through the medium of our pages, to an audience numbering many thousands. More joyful still, other and untold thousands have been reached through the many journals, both English and Foreign, which have reprinted our articles and quoted freely from our pages. Thus will our contributors see that their labor of love has been anything but vain, and that their pure thoughts and gentle words have been carried hither and thither as good seeds upon the silent winds of the spirit, and have fallen—the world over—in countless numbers of receptive human hearts where, springing into plant and bloom and fruit, they will complete their holy work.

Throughout the ensuing year the ethical tone which has hitherto characterized our pages will be carefully maintained in order that the journal may continue to go forth as a messenger of light in dark places; spreading abroad the "good tidings" of the righteous life; pointing to the inward heaven of love and pure happiness, to an ever present and abiding salvation from sin which is theirs who will accept it.

With our January issue will commence a series of articles, which will be continued for several months, entitled "Through the Gate of Good, or Christ and Conduct." These will deal with the teachings of Jesus in their practical application to individual experience and personal salvation, and will be based entirely on the words and precepts of Him whom all Christians call Master. Original pieces by our prose contributors will also appear, and our poets will continue to sing to us and for us their sweet songs of Love and Joy and Peace.

Our publishing department is developing. Original works will appear shortly and from time to time, and we shall continue to steadily add to the ethical and spiritual works which we are now stocking, and for which there is an increasing demand. We regard our readers as our friends, and all the books we sell we can recommend.

No less than four corresponding circles have been formed during the year, and by this means some of our readers have been brought into touch with each other for mutual helpfulness in intellectual and spiritual growth. Our first year's efforts in propagating the truths of the Heavenly Life and in building up, in the hearts of men and women, the Temple of Righteousness, have called forth their own measure of response, support and sympathy. We obey the Law whose servants we are, and who gives back to all men their own, whether in pain or happiness, weakness or strength; and our own has and have come to us; in happiness, and not in pain; in strength, and not in weakness. Our friends are many and our enemies are few. To our friends we shall continue to give our active service; to our enemies the spirit of peace. Good will toward all.

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James Allen

James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.

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