Sunday, March 15th, 2020 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Here I am, dear God, free from the body, Thy humble servant. Mind’s idea. Uphold me with Thy right hand. Uphold my voice, Send me where Thou would’st have me go and teach me what to say. Beloved Father-Mother, God, give me wisdom to meet the problems I may have to meet today; give me understanding to deny error and to proclaim the truth. Give me grace to keep silent when speech is unnecessary. There is no strife, for Truth, risen Truth will destroy error of every sort. And heaven is right here. God gives abundance of intelligence and opportunity. I cannot be impoverished mentally, physically, spiritually, or financiaily. God is substance and I reflect that substance.

Realize to yourself daily more than once that the fields are white and ready for the harvest, that divine Love always has met every human need, the need for work as well as any other; that Mind is ever active and you reflect divine activity; that the source of supply supplies every need; that there is plenty of work for all~ and yours belongs to you and no one else can do it. It comes to you direct and the supply is abundant, and know all the time that this is so. Never let a lack of anything stay a moment with you. It is rank error and brings all sorts of disease and difficulty.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 60

Discussion points

466 —WATCH that you put God at the head of your procession. If you had some rare plants for which you did not know how to care, you might lose them if you did not call for the help of an expert. Job fancied that he could care for his family, money, friends, and health, with the result that temporarily he lost them. When he made God the Head of his procession, the Gardener over his possessions, they were restored to him.

It is a small price to pay, to put God in charge of all we have and are. Each morning we should realize that God is the Head of our home, and earnestly seek to know what He would have us do. There is never any freedom resulting from neglecting God. Mrs. Eddy once defined hell as a state of neglecting or forgetting God.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “Ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
— Hebrews 10: 34

The theology of Christian Science includes healing the sick. Our Master’s first article of faith propounded to his students was healing, and he proved his faith by his works. The ancient Christians were healers. Why has this element of Christianity been lost? Because our systems of religion are governed more or less by our systems of medicine.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 145

The only power anyone has over you is to bless you.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 70

Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above:

— John 19: 10-11 from the King James Bible

Listen while you read — 1863 Proclamation for a Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer by Abraham Lincoln

God does not punish us but we bring it upon ourselves by our refusual to follow the laws of the universe.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences. What if the old dragon should send forth a new flood to drown the Christ-idea? He can neither drown your voice with its roar, nor again sink the world into the deep waters of chaos and old night. … Those ready for the blessing you impart will give thanks. The waters will be pacified, and Christ will command the wave.

— Citation 12 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 570

Are you giving a blessing?

— Plainfield Roundtable

Don’t succumb to mesmerism.

— Plainfield Roundtable

We have a God that heals!

— Plainfield Roundtable

Together in prayer we can prevail.

— Plainfield Roundtable

When smitten on one cheek, I have turned the other: I have but two to present. I would enjoy taking by the hand all who love me not, and saying to them, “I love you, and would not knowingly harm you.” Because I thus feel, I say to others: Hate no one; for hatred is a plague-spot that spreads its virus and kills at last. If indulged, it masters us; brings suffering upon suffering to its possessor, throughout time and beyond the grave. If you have been badly wronged, forgive and forget: God will recompense this wrong, and punish, more severely than you could, him who has striven to injure you. Never return evil for evil; and, above all, do not fancy that you have been wronged when you have not been.

— from “Inklings” Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 11

Answers are only found in God.

— Plainfield Roundtable

God does not punish us but we bring it upon ourselves by our refusual to follow the laws of the universe.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Daniel’s prayer — Daniel 9 from the King James Bible

Come to God with all your heart ready to do what God commands. Be honest. Pray for forgiveness. Covering up sins does not make them go away. We can all do better.

— Plainfield Roundtable

And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:

And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

If thou … honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

— Isaiah 58 from citation 2 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

Forum post — As God directs. by Betty from CA

The discovery and founding of Christian Science has cost more than thirty years of unremitting toil and unrest; but, comparing those with the joy of knowing that the sinner and the sick are helped thereby, that time and eternity bear witness to this gift of God to the race, I am the debtor.

— from “Inklings” Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 382

There is a little prayer that Mrs. Eddy once shared with a friend of hers that has enabled me to express my dominion in standing steadfast. This is a prayer that Mrs. Eddy gave to Laura Lathrop when she asked her to establish Second Church in New York City. “There is no other mind to tempt me, harm me, or control me. I spiritually understand this, and am master of the occasion.” It is because the one infinite divine Mind is controlling us that we are incapable of being weak or being lacking in confidence, steadfastness, and constancy. We cannot even be tempted to lose faith, to be uncertain; instead, we are master of the occasion. We are those steadfast, positive, sure, certain, consistent, persistent children of that one Father-Mother God with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning.

— from Wonderful Things Are Happening by Dorothy B. Rieke, C.S.

Article — Wonderful Things Are Happening Dorothy B. Rieke, C.S.

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

— Matthew 17: 29 from the King James Bible

“The waters will be pacified, and Christ will command the wave.” (Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, page 570: 21)

“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (Psalm 61: 2, the prayer of David, who, far from home, was tempted to feel unsafe from enemies within and without.)

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, was faced with multiple crises occurring simultaneously. In his famous soliloquy, Hamlet expresses indecision whether “to take arms against a sea of troubles” or simply give up. Alexander Pope likened this sea of troubles to flood-waters besieging the walls of a city.

At the climax of the exodus from Egypt, Moses had to face 3 major problems occurring all at once: 1.) the army of Pharaoh pursuing him, 2.) the defenseless, terrified people violently protesting against Moses, doubting and denouncing his whole exit plan, and 3.) the presence of the Red Sea stopping their flight.

Against all such discord and instability, God remains immovable, more unchangeable than a tuning fork that maintains its pitch every moment, day by day.

From the human standpoint (which is sinking sand), Moses could not possibly take up arms against the sea of compound troubles threatening him from every direction. But, placing his trust in the “Rock [substance] that is higher than” himself — something more concrete than the most dense of material solids — he was able to stand on infinitely higher ground, infinitely more substantial than the convulsive, rancorous waters clamoring for his attention, tempting him to take his eyes off God and thereby fail in his mission.

Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock,
Upon Life’s shore,
‘Gainst which the winds and waves can shock,
Oh, nevermore!
(Mary Baker Eddy, Hymn 254)

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Zech. 4:6.) Thus shall Christian Scientists be calm the tempestuous waters spewed forth from the mouth of the illusory, thrashing serpent of mortal mind and transform them into a sea of glass, mirroring the eternal stability of the substance of Spirit.

— Forum post by Parthens

Forum post — Missing The Greater Good by Florence Roberts

Forum post — The First Commandment by Chardelle from NJ

“Mind-science teaches that mortals need ‘not be weary in well doing.’ It dissipates fatigue in doing good. Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us. We have strength in proportion to our apprehension of truth, and our strength is not lessened by giving utterance to truth.” (Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, page 79) This is such a fortifying and strengthening statement by Mrs. Eddy. The word “dissipate” according to the 1828 Dictionary, means “to scatter; to disperse; to drive asunder; denotes the dispersion of things that vanish.” I am sure we have all felt fatigue and other negative emotions vanishing as we involve ourselves in some unselfed effort – forgetting our own problems in helping another. It is a basic rule in Christian Science and one that is essential to teach to our children so they don’t grow up totally self-involved! As one of my favorite hymns, #360 so beautifully states, “True, the heart grows rich in giving; All its wealth is living grain; Seed which mildew in the garner, Scattered, fill with gold the plain. Is thy burden hard and heavy? Do thy steps drag wearily? Help to bear thy brother’s burden, God will bear both it and thee.”

— Forum post — by Mary Beth Singleterry

Final Readings

Listen as you read: 91st Psalm

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