Sunday, February 5th, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Mentally treat yourself that nothing can govern your actions or come to your thought that is not from the divine Mind. Be strong there. So many sinister suggestions come to mind, watch! and each day commit yourself to the care of our one Parent, trust Him, turn to Him in all your ways for light to direct your footsteps and wisdom to enable you to separate the tares from the wheat – so that you can judge well between the human or the evil ‘suggestion’ and the good or divine impulse.

… Be wholly absorbed in the work of gaining daily more understanding of God. Then personal ambition, envy, desire to be in this or that place cannot use you. Personal ambition has no place in a Christian’s thought or life. He is wholly occupied in the loving, humble purpose to do good, to be good, and to prove that good is all that can govern thought, action, condition, or being.

… If you rise spiritually, you lose your sense of ‘I’ in matter and gain your selfhood in Spirit. This brings the divine health which is not dependent upon the body, but is of the Father, forever the same

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 220-221

Discussion points

342 — WATCH lest you be afraid of animal magnetism and its revenge on its destroyer, when the only danger is lest you be deceived by a lie. Once Mrs. Eddy told her students to declare, “There is no rebound of hatred after the baptism of Love. Error cannot turn and rend its destroyer.”

If you placed poison on a sleeping bug, it would first awaken to activity before it died. So when we seek to destroy hatred through the realization of divine Love, hatred is aroused to revenge. It would seem unjust that when a Scientist is seeking humbly to reflect divine Love, he should be met with such aggressive error in the form of hatred; but if the Master and our Leader did not complain, neither should we. In the copyrights in Washington covering Lyman Powell’s life of Mrs. Eddy, is a notation from Clara Shannon to the effect that while living in Lynn, when Mrs. Eddy went to Boston, she had to return home early, because she was followed by different men. “During the night the doorbell was rung many times by men who came one after the other, and the policemen in the street kept watch on the house.” It is obvious that the great love Mrs. Eddy reflected from God was interpreted by mortal mind to be fleshly and her home to be perhaps a house of ill fame. What did this indicate but hatred pursuing the spiritual idea? These men felt Mrs. Eddy’s love, and interpreted it according to a human level. Think what a cross this was to our Leader! It was because of the spiritual love she reflected that she encountered the opposite hatred, and its revenge on its destroyer. Yet through such experiences she learned that she need never fear any error that she uncovered. She taught us to know that sin’s revenge can never harm us in any way. Its only effect is to force us to go higher.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter


GOLDEN TEXT: Proverbs 10 : 12

“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.”


We should examine ourselves and learn what is the affection and purpose of the heart, for in this way only can we learn what we honestly are. If a friend informs us of a fault, do we listen patiently to the rebuke and credit what is said? Do we not rather give thanks that we are “not as other men”?

During many years the author has been most grateful for merited rebuke. The wrong lies in unmerited censure, — in the falsehood which does no one any good.

Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 8-9


Everything beautiful which has blessed the world through the lives of the apostles, martyrs, and saints has been the outcome of their vision. What they saw of divine Principle they became obedient to and through this obedience became the manifesters and reflectors of Principle. It is evident that what they declared to mankind they first had to see. They exercised what Wordsworth called the “inner sight.” Then they obeyed their vision and brought its beauty and harmony into expression, some as preachers and teachers, some as patient endures of human brutality, some as exemplary workers in lowly places; but whether as saints or sages, martyrs or prophets, teachers of righteousness or healers of the sick, they all have been capable of understanding what Paul meant when he said at the time he was pleading his case before the king, “O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision.”

“The Exalting Vision” from Christian Science Sentinel, August 23, 1919, by William P. McKenzie


What is the kingdom of heaven? The abode of Spirit, the realm of the real. No matter is there, no night is there—nothing that maketh or worketh a lie. Is this kingdom afar off? No: it is ever-present here. The first to declare against this kingdom is matter. Shall that be called heresy which pleads for Spirit—the All of God, and His omnipresence?

The kingdom of heaven is the reign of divine Science: it is a mental state. Jesus said it is within you, and taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come;” but he did not teach us to pray for death whereby to gain heaven. We do not look into darkness for light. Death can never usher in the dawn of Science that reveals the spiritual facts of man’s Life here and now.

Think of this inheritance! Heaven right here, where angels are as men, clothed more lightly, and men as angels who, burdened for an hour, spring into liberty, and the good they would do, that they do, and the evil they would not do, that they do not.

from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 174


To-day we commemorate not only our nation’s civil and religious freedom, but a greater even, the liberty of the sons of God, the inalienable rights and radiant reality of Christianity, whereof our Master said: “The works that I do shall he do;” and, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation” (with knowledge obtained from (the senses), but “the kingdom of God is within you,”— within the present possibilities of mankind.

Think of this inheritance! Heaven right here, where angels are as men, clothed more lightly, and men as angels who, burdened for an hour, spring into liberty, and the good they would do, that they do, and the evil they would not do, that they do not.

from “Address On The Fourth Of July At Pleasant View” Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 251


What do you do when life to you becomes less painful and more agreeable? Seek Principle more earnestly, or think of some way to have a pleasant time?

…When Jesus dismissed all temptation to desire personal and isolated good for himself, angels came and ministered unto Him.

from 1944 Class Association, by Una Willard


I arise today

Through the strength of heaven;

Light of the sun, Splendor of fire,

Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind,

Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth,

Firmness of the rock.

I arise today

Through God’s strength to pilot me;

God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me,

God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me,

God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me,

God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me,

God’s hosts to save me, Afar and anear,

Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today

Against wounding,

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,

Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in the eye that sees me,

Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today

Through the mighty strength

Of the Lord of creation.

— “The Deer`s Cry” by Saint Patrick in the year 433 AD


Our Leader tells us in Science and Health (p. 246) that “Life and goodness are immortal;” and then she adds, “Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.” Here she shows us the way to learn how it is that God does indeed “make all things new.” Here is the simple method whereby we may experience that newness which is both real and eternal. To “shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity” is to lay hold of the true thoughts that originate in the one perfect Mind, where all is ever harmonious and good.

Every Christian Scientist knows that “loveliness, freshness, and continuity” really belong to every thought of God; indeed, they are divine qualities which could never be separated from all which pertains to divine Mind, and no thought which does not embrace these elements could have originated in that Mind. It is therefore easy to see that if one is dwelling with any of God’s thoughts he is really companioning with that which is lovely, fresh, and continuous. He needs, however, to be awake to this fact, or he may be betrayed into turning aside into the bypath of “age and blight.” In other words, if he does not understand that the true thoughts he holds are shaping his existence into all that is holy and desirable, he may be temporarily deceived into dropping the good and contemplating the evil, which claims to bring forth fruit after its own hateful kind.

What a joyful privilege is therefore presented to us in the beloved Science,—this privilege of shaping our existence into “loveliness, freshness, and continuity” simply by holding thought perpetually to all that is of God, good! Every time we cling to a divine thought we are clinging to that which is ever new, eternally beautiful, and always continuous. We are thus dwelling with the thoughts which inevitably express themselves in all that is true and desirable, in all that is real and lasting.

“Behold, I Make All Things New” from Christian Science Journal, January 1925, by Ella W. Hoag


Click here to hear song: Face the Light by Peter Kidd, sung by Faith, Jon, and Jared


If worlds were formed by matter,
And mankind from the dust;
Till time shall end more timely,
There’s nothing here to trust.

Thenceforth to evolution’s
Geology, we say, —
Nothing have we gained therefrom,
And nothing have to pray:

My world has sprung from Spirit,
In everlasting day;
Whereof, I’ve more to glory,
Wherefor, have much to pay.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page vii: 8-22


To strike out right and left against the mist, never clears the vision; but to lift your head above it, is a sovereign panacea.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 355:18


Book Unity of Good by Mary Baker Eddy


The final lesson, the lesson which consummates progress, is this: When I rebuke a student, if that student receives it gently, and recognizes its justice, if he is thankful for it he will continually progress. She continued by saying it was her work not only to encourage right doing, but to rebuke error. Those who accept, go higher; those who are full of resentment and justify self, fall by the way. She spoke not only of the beauty of holiness, the beauty of goodness, and her joy in, abiding in that dear Presence, but also of the necessity to descend into the valley and heal the demoniacs. … She continued her exposition by saying that those who do not endure chastisement are not sons, for they are not the legitimate offspring of Truth, as their works testify. Those who endure chastening shall live in the spirit, not in the senses.

from Fragments, by Mary Baker Eddy, compiled by Gilbert Carpenter, page 94


She continued by saying it was her work not only to encourage right doing, but to rebuke error. Those who accept, go higher; those who are full of resentment and justify self, fall by the way. She spoke not only of the beauty of holiness, the beauty of goodness, and her joy in, abiding in that dear Presence, but also of the necessity to descend into the valley and heal the demoniacs. … She continued her exposition by saying that those who do not endure chastisement are not sons, for they are not the legitimate offspring of Truth, as their works testify. Those who endure chastening shall live in the spirit, not in the senses.

from Twelve years with Mary Baker Eddy, by Rev. Irving C. Tomlinson, pages 71-72


If your feelings get hurt, get rid of your feelings.

from 1937 College by Bicknell Young


Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 261


Audio — “The Psychologist and The Magician” from Clear and Correct Teaching, The Story, Part 1 & 2, by Herbert W. Eustace


Final Readings




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