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Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 Roundtable

Wait Patiently for Divine Love

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Love

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Morning Prayers

May the divine light of Christian Science that lighteth every enlightened thought illumine your faith and understanding, exclude all darkness or doubt, and signal the perfect path wherein to walk, the perfect Principle whereby to demonstrate the perfect man and the perfect law of God. In the words of St. Paul: “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned;” and St. John says: “For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” May the grace and love of God be and abide with you all.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 187

Discussion points

63 — WATCH lest you endeavor to cast out wrong thoughts, without including wrong thinking in this effort. We have the thought, and the thinking of the thought. The effort to cast out wrong thoughts is palliative and temporary. The claim of wrong thoughts will assail us until we remove our capacity to think wrong thoughts.

Evil suggestions will come as long as one believes that he is receptive to them. Only when one neutralizes this wrong receptivity, by knowing that God’s child is open only to God’s thoughts, will the latter be established as man’s native and natural state of consciousness. The only way to be certain that your radio would never again receive anything from an undesirable station, would be to fix it so that it could never again be tuned to that particular wave length.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter




Golden Text — “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
— I John 4 : 11




BELOVED Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.

The self-seeking pride of the evil thinker injures him when he would harm others. Goodness involuntarily resists evil. The evil thinker is the proud talker and doer. The right thinker abides under the shadow of the Almighty. His thoughts can only reflect peace, good will towards men, health, and holiness.

—”What Our Leader Says” from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 210




Joy and gratitude are two essential ingrediants in healing.

— Plainfield Roundtable




My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

— Psalm 62 : 5 from the King James Bible




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Live in the present, tomorrow will take care of itself.

— Plainfield Roundtable




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…pray one for another, … The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

— James 5 : 16 from citation 14 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson




And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

— Isaiah 58 : 12 from citation 5 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson


“Those that now are of thee, thy princes, and nobles, and great man, shall have authority and influence as they never had;” or, “Those that hereafter shall be of thee, thy posterity, shall be serviceable to their generation, as thou art thine.” “They shall carry on and finish that good work which had begun long before, and shall be helped over the obstructions which had retarded the progress of it: They shall raise up to the top that building the foundation of which was laid long since and has been for many generations in the rearing. They shall raise up foundations which shall continue for many generations yet to come;” they shall do that good which shall be of lasting consequence. They shall have the blessing and praise of all about them. “They shall be called (and it shall be to thy honor) the repairer of the breach, made by the enemy in the wall of a besieged city, which whoso has the courage and dexterity to make up or make good, gains great applause.” Happy are those who make up the breach which virtue is running out and judgements are breaking in.

— from Matthew Henry Bible Commentary, by Matthew Henry




And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

— Ezekiel 22 : 30 from citation 3 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson


We are lifting thought up to God, knowing His power and presence are there.

— Plainfield Roundtable


It is time to stop talking to God about your problem and to begin talking to your problem about God.

— from Stand in the Gap for Your Children, by Norvel Hayes




Forum post — Wait patiently. by Chardelle from PA




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Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth. Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept. Patience must “have her perfect work.”

— citation 2 in this week’s lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 454




Patience: The act or quality of waiting long for justice or expected good without discontent..

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary




Don’t be patient with error in your own thinking.

— Plainfield Roundtable




The following prayer and instructions were sent in advance or given to all members of the class: 0 divine Love, give me higher, holier, purer desires, more self-abnegation, more love and spiritual aspirations.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 213




Article — Love Your Enemies by Mary Baker Eddy




Article — Taking Offense by Mary Baker Eddy




Dittemore was a name used by God to highlight many developments in the Divinity Course on church. His first official duty outside of Chicago was COP in New York City where he became aware of animosities and irregularities concerning Augusta E. Stetson. These he nurtured and denounced, without realizing “no reality in them.” Later he and his friend McLellan turned on her with vigor, just as they would turn one day on their fellow-citizen from Chicago, Edward Kimball, the man who had virtually sponsored them. …


(Letter to Augusta Stetson from Mary Baker Eddy)

My precious Student: Who is your Publication Committee? If it is as I arn told Mr. McCrackan, then let me comfort you with the lessons of my own experience and the proof of their value. The great Teacher of you and me has said most emphatically, “It is not enough that ye love them that love you, but I say unto you, love yourenemies.” I have learned from experience that we can never escape from the cruelty of our enemies in any other way than by loving them, as Jesus taught, and that this way gives us not only escape but victmy over them.

Now, darling, just try this toward Mr. McCrackan and I am sure you will overcome yourself and him. I know you can do this, dear one, and triumph in this way. His office only lasts one year and this year can be the happiest year of your life, if only you will have faith enough in me to do as I ask; and have faith enough in our great Teacher to believe that this demand must be met by us all before we can be real Christian Scientists. Write me on receipt of this. You know in part now how much I love you and others know it, but you never will know this wholly till you overcome your enemies with love, if you have not already done so. I had to do as I do to others…

— Excerpt from Mary Baker Eddy’s Lessons of The Seventh Day, Compiled by Richard Oakes, page 282-284




When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders man’s normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and leads human thought into opposite channels where selfishness reigns.

Selfishness tips the beam of human existence towards the side of error, not towards Truth. Denial of the oneness of Mind throws our weight into the scale, not of Spirit, God, good, but of matter.

When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, — no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.

— from citation 11 in this week’s lesson from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 205 : 22-3




Forum post — “Fervent desire for growth in grace.” by Joanne from FL




Final Readings

Article — Self-surrender Through Love by Rev. G. A. Kratzer







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