Sunday, April 2nd, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

The law of God includes a law that annuls every false claim, and we know it and must use it. Mental activity must be tranquil – not lazy; it must express force, be exact and it must know the reality of man’s oneness with God, and the utter unreality of evil in all its forms of beliefs.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 232

Heaven be praised for the signs of the times. Let “the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing;” our trust is in the Almighty God, who ruleth in heaven and upon earth, and none can stay His hand or say, “What doest thou?”

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 200

Discussion points

483 — WATCH that you really believe that error cannot continue to exist or to claim that it exists, under the Christian Science rule and declaration that God never made it, hence that it does not exist and is not real. In hypnotism the false seems to exist because of a false state of mind in the victim. When he regains his normal state, all that seemed real is seen to be unreal. Hence the regaining of his normal state is the rule for destroying all the illusions of the hypnotist. The victim might believe that his task was to silence all the suggestions that are sent to him. What a relief when he learns that he need not do this! He need only throw off the spell cast upon him.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Genesis 1 : 31

“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”

Article — “Neither Villains Nor Victims” by Paul Stark Seeley

Article — “Love Your Enemies” by Mary Baker Eddy

Our salvation is through Love. Call God Love always and bend all your efforts toward achieving perfect love in thought, word and deed. This is the way. All is won through it. Its presence gives me all. Its absence takes all away from me; therefore “Love is the fulfilling of the law.” Love is heaven, and hate is hell. Our only way to heaven is through Love; our sure way to hell is through hate.

— from Collectanea, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 134

The real Christian Science compact is love for one another. This bond is wholly spiritual and inviolate. It should never be violated in thought or action even for the sake of maintaining the purity of the letter of Christian Science. For the spirit, the reflection of divine Love, is always more important than the letter.

— from Collectanea, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 135-136

Article — “The Way” by Mary Baker Eddy

Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

“Forgetting those things which are behind”

“We must give up the spectral at all points. We must not continue to admit the somethingness of superstition, but we must yield up all belief in it and be wise. When we learn that error is not real, we shall be ready for progress, ‘forgetting those things which are behind.'” From Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 353 : 19-24

The word forgetting in Philippians 3:13 means “dismissing from the mind or paying no attention to.” To “forget” in this way is to stop dwelling on something. When Paul said he was “forgetting those things which are behind,” he referred to not looking back at past relationships, memories, failures, temptations, or anything that might distract from a single-minded focus on “the upward call of God in Christ.” (

I love what Mrs Eddy says regarding this on page 370 of Science and Health, “To be immortal, we must forsake the mortal sense of things, turn from the lie of false belief to Truth, and gather the facts of being from the divine Mind.” Also she writes in Miscellaneous Writings on page 328 “… hast thou tarried in the habitation of the senses, pleased and stupefied, until wakened through the baptism of fire? … ‘Therefore give up thy earth-weights; and observe the apostles’ admonition, ‘forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those which are before.’”

In order to progress we must first wake-up and “be wise”, leave behind all the false beliefs from our past, our “earth- weights” which hold us down, and reach upward to that which is real and true, to the things of God.

Final Readings

When the woman said that the pot of oil was all she had in her house, Elisha did not say, “Your oil is worthless. I will find you a post at court;” or, “Go and ask such and such a man for what you need, and he will give it you.” He did not even say, “Go and plead with the creditor to wait for his money.” He fixed her attention on the thing she had in her house, — the thing that represented to her material sense her whole substance and supply. He told her to borrow vessels, to borrow and “scant not.” He knew that all substance is Mind and that God’s supply is unlimited; that the divine source is inexhaustible. The woman trusted and obeyed, and the demonstration was complete.

There are several points in this narrative worthy of our deepest thought. The first is the fact that our supply can come to us in the way we can best understand at present; that is to say, through the work we are doing to-day; through the thing we have in the house. If our pictures do not sell, we do not have to abandon painting in order to live. Whatever we do best is our work here to do; it is the means by which we live, to mortal sense. There can be no failure for that work when we realize that God is our Life, our substance, our source of supply, and our sole employer. There is no middleman between divinity and us. There is no obstruction in Love. God’s blessing rests on every right effort, and there is no other power to defeat what God has blessed. “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit,” and the same Spirit blesses and hallows all gifts alike.

If we would do our daily work in the world with the 23d Psalm ever in our hearts, there would no longer be thoughts of failure, nor mortal fears, to mock us. There are two assurances in that psalm which should accompany every line or stroke of our work: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want;” “I will fear no evil.” We must go in and “shut the door,” — get away from material sense, — be alone with God, and work out the problem in obedience and trust.

“What Hast Thou In The House?” from Christian Science Sentinel, June 6, 1908, by Constance Skinner (excerpt)

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