Sunday, June 18th, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

God governs all, is All-in-all. God is our constant Guide and Guardian. No mortal thought, known or unknown, seen or unseen, can interfere with the manifestation of Love’s presence with us. The weather manifests God’s government, and no evildoers can change this fact. The devils of human thought – all the powers of many minds, are powerless in Love’s presence. God is All. God is Mind.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 198

All is Love, peace and harmony. Heaven is right here. Truth reigns. There is no strife. Peace, be still. Truth has destroyed the error. Love has destroyed all hate. All is peace. Love and joy. Run and not be weary. The need of the hour is simplicity, meekness and obedience.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 56

214 — WATCH lest you overlook the fact that a student who indulges in travel merely for entertainment, may become as unfaithful to his demonstration as one who smokes without protest. The error in smoking is not the outward act, but in the enjoyment of a negative apathetic state of mind, which is the direct opposite of the mental alertness and activity which is fostered by Christian Science. One who over-indulges in travel for pleasure neglects his duty to God, to his Leader and to mankind, and differentiates between phases of the Adam dream, which is not a sound basis from which to perceive its entire unreality.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Job 37 : 14

“Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.”

This is a quote from a “genius in electricity” – “I think the greatest discovery will be made upon spiritual lines. Here is a force which history clearly teaches us has been the greatest power in the development of men and history, yet we have merely been playing with it, and have never seriously studied it as we have studied the physical forces. Someday people will learn that material things do not bring happiness and are of little use in making men and women creative and powerful. Then, the scientists of the world will turn their laboratories over to the study of God and prayer, and the spiritual forces, which have yet been scarcely scratched, will begin. When this day comes the world will see more advancement in one generation than it has in the last four.

— from The Continuing Spirit Jan. 15, 1928, quoting Charles Steinmetz, as interviewed by Roger Babson.

Watch Booklet“Handling the Weather”, by Plainfield Independent Christian Science Church

“Electricity”, from by Bicknell Young

After a long period of drought, which resulted in a famine, the prophet Elijah informed King Ahab that there was “a sound of abundance of rain.” With his servant, he then went to the summit of mount Carmel, where he sat with his head between his knees, and instructed the servant to look toward the sea, undoubtedly for evidence of approaching rain.

It is clear that Elijah’s … statement to King Ahab was not based upon any evidence discernible by the material senses; for when the servant was instructed to look, he at first reported no visible sign that would indicate the approach of rain. The commonly accepted interpretation of this story would be that Elijah was possessed of prophetic foresight, a special dispensation bestowed upon him by God, which enabled him to foretell the coming of rain to famine-stricken Samaria.

The Old Testament name Elijah is rendered Elias in the New Testament; and the key to the situation may be secured by referring to the spiritual definition of the latter name given on page 585 of Science and Health, which is as follows: “ELIAS. Prophecy; spiritual evidence opposed to material sense; Christian Science, with which can be discerned the spiritual fact of whatever the material senses behold; the basis of immortality.” Was not Elijah guided by spiritual evidence when he declared to Ahab that there was “a sound of abundance of rain”? On the other hand, were not King Ahab and the servant looking for material evidence?

The method of Elijah may, therefore, be said, generally, to be the method employed by the Christian Scientist. Through the teachings of this Science, he has ascertained the true nature of God, as Mind or Spirit, and of man as the image or idea of God. He has learned that the spiritual is the real, and the so-called material but a false mental condition, no more real than the dream in sleep, and no less mental than the dream-condition; but seemingly more firmly fixed in thought, because of universal acceptance. He understands that God, Spirit, the source of all good, the only creator, is infinite; that evil has no creator, does not exist in God, good, and is therefore unreal; consequently, is only a mental claim or false belief. When there appears to be opposing testimony claiming that man is sinful, sick, or discordant, the Christian Scientist begins by first realizing the true status of man, as learned in Christian Science, thereby being enabled to deny the evidence presented by the material senses relative to such conditions. Through his realization of the facts of true existence he rejects the erroneous evidence of the material senses, which eventually melts away like a dream when awakening comes; and harmony, which is the status of spiritual being, is made manifest “in earth, as it is in heaven.”

“Spiritual Evidence” from Christian Science Sentinel, February 17, 1923 by Charles C. Sandelin

Perhaps there is not anywhere a more graphic picture of multiplied human affliction than is given in the story of Job. No clear understanding of the salutary influence of suffering seems to have come to Job to comfort him in his sorrows until Elihu, the God-inspired man, gently turns Job’s thought from its self-centeredness to a contemplation of God’s power as manifest in nature. “Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge? How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?” These and numerous other questions Elihu asks Job to consider, until Job has recognized his mistake, and has been prepared to hear God speak to him “out of the whirlwind” of accumulated doubts and fears. In this clear revelation of Truth, Job is comforted, healed, and abundantly blessed.

The sunshine that follows the rain, the bow that is set in the cloud, the south wind that quiets the earth with warmth and melting tenderness, are just as potent with heavenly meanings to-day as they were in the days of Job. New every year a springtime comes and enfolds the earth in a mantle of fresh inspiration, unveiling new beauties, and showing forth enlarged opportunities.

To every age, distressed and afflicted in its strivings after material comfort and happiness, God has sent some messenger of Truth to call mankind to a higher understanding of being. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Elijah, and other inspired men of old were to the race as the south wind to the earth, as Elihu to Job, quiet comforters, warming the frozen channels of self-righteousness and preparing the way for some new and more glorious springtide evolving out of the cycles of infinite Love. Through its Discoverer and Founder, Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Science has come to our age not only to quiet the earth in natural ways, but to deliver its people from false beliefs, unjust laws, and self-destroying tendencies, by making clear the law of Him who is “perfect in knowledge.”

As gently as the south wind drives back the frost line before the melting up of winter, so the spirit of the ever living Christ is softly breaking the frozen, age-old, material glaciers that have filled the channels of mortal thought from the beginning. Avalanches sweep down the mountain sides, and living waters flood the arid plains. Former things pass away in seemingly unspeakable destruction; but look up!—the sun is shining; birds are singing; woodlands and fields are blossoming; the earth is quiet. “Spring is here! and doors that closed on Christian Science in ‘the long winter of our discontent,’ are open flung” (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 332). The clouds are balanced; the rainbow arches the sky; we will put on the warm, beautiful garments of righteousness and peace, and go forth into this new and wondrous “springtide of Christ’s dear love,” rejoicing in the understanding of the spiritual significance of the beauties of nature.

“He Quieteth The Earth” from Christian Science Journal, May 1920, by Clara S. Streeter

Why is it that no one has reached the necessary spiritual understanding or attained to the right mental condition to enable him to walk on the water as Jesus did? The answer to this question is found in the fourteenth chapter of Matthew: “And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” Peter was afraid; and fear is always the fruit of a belief in evil, or in a power apart from God. It is our unbelief in the omnipotence and omnipresence of God, and our reliance on the testimony of the physical senses, which seem to testify to another power, in disobedience to the First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” which prevents mankind from making this demonstration.

“It is incredible that the wonderful works of Elisha could…” from Christian Science Sentinel October 28, 1922 by Elmer McBurney, Committee on Publication for Northern California, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Evil has no power to adhere to man, for as a property of Mind adhesion belongs to good alone. Joy, health, wealth, honor, love, truth, life, spirituality, by the law of God adhere eternally to man, and man to them. Man does not have to struggle to hold on to them, or fear to lose them, because they eternally adhere to all God’s creation. This is truly a message of heavenly peace to many a struggling heart. Let him who is battling with the belief that the liquor habit clung to his father, and clings to him in spite of all he can do, awake and know that it has no such power. He has made a mistake in believing that it has, for he is in cohesion with nothing but good. He has no power to adhere to an evil habit, neither has the evil habit any power to adhere to him. The contrary belief is only a mistaken impression.

Let him who has been told by materia medica that a malignant growth has adhered to some part of his body, and that even the knife cannot separate it from him, learn that the law of divine Love eternally separates God’s ideas from all evil, and the sufferer can daily and hourly prove for himself such separation to be true, and that man in God’s image and likeness is never sick or sinful. Let him who is fearing the supposed attraction of evil for a loved one, remember that evil owns nothing, not even attractiveness, for good owns all. Spirit, divine Love, Truth, all that is right and good, naturally and constantly and compellingly attracts man, who is its own image and likeness. He is aware of this attraction, responsive to it, and glorified by it. Evil thoughts, such as fear, lust, hate, envy, anger, malice, suspicion, discouragement, selfishness, criticism, possess no power of adhesion. They cannot fasten on man or adhere to him, and their illegitimate boast of such ability is silenced by the knowledge of the truth that good alone is annexed to man’s consciousness.

“Adhesion, Cohesion, and Attraction” from Christian Science Journal May 1915 by Julia Warner Michael

Book “Watching Point 298” 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Article “The Monument To The Forefathers” by David Hinton, Sep 7, 2015

“Day”, from Collectanea by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 34-35 of Addenda

Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

To kindle in all minds a common sentiment of regard for the spiritual idea emanating from the infinite, is a most needful work; but this must be done gradually, for Truth is as “the still, small voice,” which comes to our recognition only as our natures are changed by its silent influence.

— from No and Yes by Mary Baker Eddy,

Final Readings

Let us have a clearing up of abstractions. Let us come into the presence of Him who removeth all iniquities, and healeth all our diseases. Let us attach our sense of Science to what touches the religious sentiment within man. Let us open our affections to the Principle that moves all in harmony,—from the falling of a sparrow to the rolling of a world. Above Arcturus and his sons, broader than the solar system and higher than the atmosphere of our planet, is the Science of mental healing.

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.”

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 174

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