Sunday December 13th, 2020 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

(1887) Let the good you can do and the stimulation of action keep your mind from dwelling on the past, for the present demands your care, and you must go forth to meet the future calm and strong. God is your refuge and a strong deliverer. He will hide you under His wings till the storms are past and the sunlight of His presence cheers and invigorates you with new strength and exaltation.

(3/19/00) Yes, He who clothes the lilies will tend you and gird you with strength in Truth and Love, and so establish the labor of your hands in His vineyard. Never distrust, never doubt the All-Love, for it never faileth. As your day, shall your strength be. Be patient,and let faith grow stronger and stronger each day of this pilgrimage. 

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”),
by Mary Baker Eddy, page 139

Discussion points

34 — WATCH that you be consistent in your handling of error, not overlooking an error in yourself, or claiming immunity from it, while you continue to hold it as real in another. In the habit of criticism, it is well to remember that that which does the criticizing is no more real or part of man than what is criticized.

Once a rift appeared between a husband and wife. The latter was a student of Science, and she did her best to see her husband as God’s perfect child. The rift remained in spite of her good work. A verse came into her hands from a friend written by the author of these Watching Points:

I see myself as God’s own child,
As perfect in His sight.
I see my brother-man as well,
A perfect child of light.
Then to complete my prayer,
I see him seeing me aright —
I see him seeing me seeing him
As perfect in Love’s sight.

Through this verse her eyes were opened to the fact that she was trying to see her husband perfect, while she was continuing to see him seeing her in a humanly mortal way. She was bringing her gift to the altar, thinking that her thought was right before God, while she was holding her husband as having ought against her. She then sought to see him seeing her as perfect, and harmony was restored between them.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Proverbs 30 : 5

“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”

If you believe that someone can think evilly of you or anyone, if you believe that someone can hate you, or is hating anyone, if you believe that ten thousand can fall at your right hand and ten thousand at your left hand, you have accepted the belief of a mind separate from good, and this is malpractice upon yourself.

— from Practice by Martha Wilcox

Article — Practice by Martha Wilcox

Know every day, that the world is ready for Christian Science.

— from Watches, Prayers, and Arguments by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 145

What thou seeist, that thou beist.

— Plato

We are soldiers of the Christ and we can’t be unaware of what error is trying to say or do.

— Mrs. Singleterry

Help: To aid; to assist; to lend strength or means towards effecting a purpose; as, to help a man in his work; to help one to pay his debts; to help the memory or the understanding. To relieve; to cure, or to mitigate pain or disease. To change for the better. To enable to surmount.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

— from Hebrews 11: 3 Amplified Bible

In Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English, faith and the words corresponding thereto have these two definitions, trustfulness and trustworthiness. One kind of faith trusts one’s welfare to others. Another kind of faith understands divine Love and how to work out one’s “own salvation, with fear and trembling.” “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!” expresses the helplessness of a blind faith; whereas the injunction, “Believe … and thou shalt be saved!” demands self-reliant trustworthiness, which includes spiritual understanding and confides all to God.

— Citation 2 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 23 : 21-31

Faith: The assent of the mind or understanding to the truth of what God has revealed. Simple belief of the scriptures. Affectionate practical confidence in the testimony of God.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

Understanding: True substantiality is effulgent, translucent, non-resistant. This non-resistance of Spirit constitutes its irresistibility.

— from Notes from a Class as Taught by Laura Sargent

What is understood needs not to be remembered.

— from Class of 1923 Notes by Joseph G. Mann, C.S.D

After Mrs. Eddy’s return to Concord, New Hampshire, Mr. Knapp was asked to search again for the home which Mrs. Eddy knew God had prepared for her. Early in December, 1891, she herself was led to a beautiful tract of land on the outskirts of Concord, which she purchased. She named her home “Pleasant View”; and in writing to Mr. Knapp about it, she said that she had longed for a home by the seaside, but instead God had prepared it on a hillside. She wrote, “My house here stands upon a very sightly hill, and the sides remind me of the Galilean slopes where my brother walked, and wept, and prayed.”

— from The Destiny of the Mother Church by Bliss Knapp, page 17

Final Readings

In her volume, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany (p. 116), Mrs. Eddy writes, ‘At a time of contagious disease, Christian Scientists endeavor to rise in consciousness to the true sense of the omnipotence of Life, Truth, and Love, and this great fact in Christian Science realized will stop a contagion.’

Article — “From the Press” in, The Christian Science Sentinel, October 26th, 1918, (featuring a letter to the editor of The Boston Herald from Bicknell Young)

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