Sunday, August 27th, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Beloved children, the world has need of you, — and more as children than as men and women: it needs your innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives. You need also to watch, and pray that you preserve these virtues unstained, and lose them not through contact with the world. What grander ambition is there than to maintain in yourselves what Jesus loved, and to know that your example, more than words, makes morals for mankind!

— from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 110

Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for goodness makes life a blessing. As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good. Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 165

Discussion points

139 — WATCH lest you believe that you can have an unlimited sense of God’s power, of its extent and possibilities, and at the same time a limited sense of your ability to reflect this divine power. It is not possible to gain a more unlimited realization of God’s power without gaining at the same time an increasing sense of your ability to reflect this power, and to put it into operation.

One interpretation of Jesus’ statement, “With what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again,” might be, that the standard by which you measure divine power, also measures the extent of your ability to demonstrate or reflect that power. A mounting sense of confidence in your own ability to heal through the power of God always accompanies an increasing recognition of the limitless extent and ability of divine power to do all things.

Man’s use and application of divine power cannot be separated from that divine power, since it does not operate at all except through, or as spiritual man. Unless you have an increasing sense of your own ability to reflect divine power, and a growing realization of yourself as the reflection of divine power, you are not gaining and developing a true appreciation of divine power. Spiritual growth constantly turns away from any suggestion that the “channel” is anything of itself, and recognizes the irresistible nature of divine power expressed through, or reflected by man.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: I Timothy 2 : 5

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

Book “Chapter Five” Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps by Gilbert Carpenter

Book “Chapter Forty-nine” Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps by Gilbert Carpenter

Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

All Christian churches have one bond of unity, one nucleus or point of convergence, one prayer, — the Lord’s Prayer. It is matter for rejoicing that we unite in love,
and in this sacred petition with every praying assembly on earth, — “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

— from “Dedicatory Sermon” Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy, page 22

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.” Isaiah 42:3

There is hardly a more frail or fragile object than a bruised and broken reed that has been lashed by the wind or buffeted by turbulent waters, and yet we read that He will not break down a little reed that has been crushed by the stormy weather. The bruised reed in this verse is an illustration of a man or woman who has been battered and broken through life’s circumstances and whose faith is failing or whose Christian resolve has worn thin. But a broken and bruised heart that is given to God can become an instrument of value that He can use for His greater praise and glory. Similarly, we read that Jesus, the tender-hearted Servant of the Lord, will not quench the smouldering wick of a flickering candle and He will not extinguish a smouldering flax….Rather our gentle Saviour will protect it and fan it into a living flame, for He is the light of the world and He has called us to reflect His light in a darkened world. … the Lord Jesus is God’s good and gracious Servant Whom He has sent to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim delivery to the captives, to recover sight to the blind, and to set at liberty them that are bruised and broken….He gives strength to the bruised reed and nurtures the smoking flax back to life.

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Final Readings

The following extracts are from an article in one of the editorial departments of the (Methodist) Christian Advocate, entitled “The Touch of Christ:”—

The wonderful works of Jesus of Nazareth were wrought with perfect naturalness, simplicity, and ease. We see no pompous marshaling of the forces of the universe to bear down opposition, surmount obstacles, and produce astonishing effects. There is no tedious and painful process of surgery or medicine when the sick are to be healed. A word, a touch, a look was sufficient. . . . He took Peter’s wife’s mother by the hand, and the fever left her. He touched the eyes of two blind men sitting by the wayside, and immediately they received their sight. He touched the tongue of the deaf-mute of Decapolis, and he spake plainly. A woman faint with disease and trembling with fear crept up behind him and touched the hem of his garment, and immediately she was made every whit whole. . . .

There is power in a touch, provided there be a fountain of life back of the outstretched hand. . . . One, by touching a leper, may contract the malady himself, and communicate it to others in the same way. His touch heals not, but spreads the disease. But in Jesus there was such fulness of life that his touch communicated life and health. When he touched the leper he overcame evil with good. He conquered disease with health. He destroyed death with life.

In a similar way the great Physician imparted mental and spiritual life and health. He came in contact with the insane and their reason was restored. He met the lost and their souls were saved. The spirit of the sinner wrecked by sin was made whole by contact with ‘the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.’

“Religious Items” from Christian Science Sentinel, April 4, 1901

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