Sunday, January 29th, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Oh, may the love that is talked, be felt! and so lived, that when weighed in the scale of God we be not found wanting. Love is consistent, uniform, sympathetic, self-sacrificing, unutterably kind; even that which lays all upon the altar, and, speechless and alone, bears all burdens, suffers all inflictions, endures all piercing for the sake of others, and for the kingdom of heaven’s sake.

— from Miscellaneous Writing, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 312

Abide in Love. Nothing can touch or harm you in Love. Know that you live in Love. Love is God as Life itself. Take this understanding with you and bless others with Love.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 229

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.”


ANGELS. God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 581


Article — “Love Your Enemies” by Mary Baker Eddy


Article — Taking Offense by Mary Baker Eddy


To run before a lie is to accept its terms. This works like running before the enemy in battle. You will be followed, pursued, till you face about, trust in God and stand on Spirit denying and facing and fighting all claims of matter and mortal mind both one.

— from Collectanea, Items by Mary Baker Eddy compiled by Gilbert Carpenter, page 40


Book Link Clear and Correct Teachingby Herbert W. Eustace


“Hatred stirs up strifes: but love covers all sins.”(Proverbs 10:12) In tropical forests the orchids thrust out long floating roots into mid-air, from the impure vapours of which they draw their nourishment. They live on trunks of huge decaying trees, which, as decomposition proceeds very rapidly, would, if left alone, fill the air with poisonous gases. But the orchid swings in rich festoons over the rotting boughs: covers the deformity with its own loveliness, absorbs all foul exhalations and turns them into the perfume of its own sweet flowers. Charity is this beautiful orchid, covering human frailty, clearing away harsh, suspicious, and cruel slanders; breathing forth merciful judgments, com- passionate sympathy.

“Charity Like the Orchid” from Bible Hub Sermons, by James Neil, M.A.


Mrs. Eddy told Clara Shannon that she foresaw much trouble ahead for Christian Scientists. “Tell them never to get into the courts,” she said.

— from Miscellaneous Fragments, Items by Mary Baker Eddy compiled by Gilbert Carpenter, page 116-117


Audio — The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond


During the years she spent in bed (as an invalid), she got up a petition for the abolition of slavery which she sent to President Lincoln, signed by thousands of people.

— from The Healer, by David Keyston, page 11


Then she questioned us all, “What do you, lack most, faith, hope, or love?” We answered, “Love.” “Yes,” said Mrs. Eddy, “having the understanding of love, you establish health and peace.” “What was it,” Mrs. Eddy continued, “that made Jesus the Messiah?” The answer given was, “His spiritual understanding.” “I will give you the answer,” she replied, “the true answer in the language of the Bible : he ‘loved righteousness and hated iniquity.'” Then she proceeded to explain that the true Christian not only loves the right, but that he hates iniquity and is willing to uncover the evil in himself and in others. She made it clear that he was not a true disciple who closed his eyes to wrong-doing and took no steps to unmask the wrong-doer and bring to an end the evil-doing. She further commented that in Christian Science we are not to draw back from our duty of exposing error and thus causing it to be destroyed, from fear of adding fuel to error’s flames, whether it appears likely to harm us or the Cause of Truth. We are to do right and leave the consequences to God. Referring to the necessary rebuke of error, she said, as I later wrote down my impression of her words:

“One of the hardest things I have had to do was to deal with this very question. I would rather at any time dwell on love alone and get away from error, but that would not do; it would allow error to increase. Jesus rebuked sharply; I must do so until I arrive at that place in Mind where I cannot see error, where God, Spirit, is All-in-all. The omnipresence of good involves the nothingness of evil, but the mental argument must be used until you can heal instantaneously without it.

— from Twelve years with Mary Baker Eddy, by Rev. Irving C. Tomlinson, pages 75-76

Link to book — Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy Recollections And Experiences, by Rev. Irving C. Tomlinson, M.A., C. S. B.

Mrs. Eddy kept in close touch with the activities of the Board of Lectureship, and its members found her admonition and encouragement a constant source of inspiration. During my term of lectureship I was frequently greatly blessed by Mrs. Eddy’s wise counsel and help. When a new lecture was submitted for her consideration, she never failed to give some word of encouragement or criticism. I received this helpful note from Mrs. Eddy, which shows her solicitude for the heart qualities of a lecture:

Dear one, cultivate this tender emotion, have a cell less in the brain and a fibre more in the heart in yourself and it will do much for your lectures and in healing the sick. … When lecturing, or addressing the church … let this tenderness appear and like the dew, it will refresh the parched ear and lonely heart.

— from Twelve years with Mary Baker Eddy, by Rev. Irving C. Tomlinson, pages 133


Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

— Maya Angelou


Proverbs 10:12. “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” Our Golden Text had me thinking about how or even why love would cover sin. When looking up the definition of cover in Webster’s 1828 I found, “To hide; to conceal by something overspread. To conceal from notice or punishment.” These were NOT what I would associate with the word love.  Then I saw this definition “To pardon or remit.”  I then found the following Bible Commentaries  which gave a beautiful explanation of this verse from Proverbs 10.

“Charity forgives sins and forgets sins, just as God forgives and forgets them. Love hides and conceals sins under the same forgiving cover that Jesus Christ shows. Love overlooks offences against it; hatred gets offended, holds bitterness, or plots revenge. Love forgets and hides the sins of the repentant; hatred remembers them or spreads them to others. Love hears rumors, or even factual news of others’ sins, but never repeats them; hatred craves private information and spreads it to any listeners.”(Proverbs Commentary from letgodbetrue.com)

“Love covers, overlooks, speedily forgives, and forgets. Full of candor and inventiveness, it puts the best construction on doubtful matters and does not expose the faults of a brother. Oh, let us put on the Lord Jesus in his spirit of forbearing, sacrificial love, and let us forgive as we have been forgiven by Christ.” (Bridges Commentary)

   

Forum Contribution from Nancy in NJ


Final Readings

One morning as our dear Teacher was writing letters, she called me and said, “To whom do you think I have just written?” From the look on her face I said, “I suppose someone to whom no one else would write!” And then she said, “It is so and so [Mrs. Josephine Woodbury], and I have invited her to come to see me. I have given her two days from which to select the time most convenient to her, and have asked her to telegraph and let me know the day.” She read the letter through to me and told me to enclose a stamped telegraph form. I said, “Oh, Mother, how could you write to her, when you know she is doing all she can to harm you, and not hiding it, but talking about it?” She said to me, “You must learn to love that woman.” I said, “Do you love her?” “Yes, and I am trying to bless her! If you and I do not love her, who can or will?”

To that letter Mrs. Eddy received no reply. When the second day named came, before going out for her drive she put on her special best dress and ordered the carriage to be at the door to take her for her drive an hour earlier that usual, in order to be home early before her guest arrived. Before leaving, our Leader ordered another carriage to be sent to the station to meet her. Just as she was putting on her gloves before entering her carriage, she called me from my writing and said, “Will you promise something?” I said, “Of course I will, if it is something I can do.” She said, “If Mrs. [Woodbury] comes before I return, I want you to greet her kindly.” I said, “Yes, Mother, I will.” Then she said, “Lovingly?” with a note of interrogation in her voice. My answer was, “I will try.” Then she said, “Just heavenly?” I answered, “I will go upstairs and ask God to help me to do that and to show me how.” Lastly she repeated, “Now remember what I say — kindly, lovingly, just heavenly!”

I went to my room and prayed earnestly to divine Love to help me, for, as it was right for her to feel that, it was right for me to manifest it. In a short time I felt such a desire that she should come, and willing to welcome her in the most heavenly way that I knew, because I knew what a blessing there was awaiting her through an interview with our Leader and great good would result.

Our Leader returned from her drive an hour earlier than usual, and when she got out of her carriage, she said, “Has she come yet?” I said, “No, Mother.” “Never mind,” she said, “I will wait in the drawing room for her.” In the meantime the carriage had been sent a second and a third time to meet three trains in succession. The last time it was late and too dark for her to have come, and our Leader sat in her sitting room, and said, “Oh, what a benediction of love she would have received! It would have saved and comforted her!” I too felt sorry for her to have lost such an opportunity and a great blessing. I learned a lesson of love such as I have never forgotten.

— from The Healer, by David Keyston, page 130-131





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