Sunday, October 15th, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evi­dence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.

Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth.

— from Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 497, 91

Discussion points

251 — WATCH lest you believe that there is any real growth except individual spiritual growth. Increase in the number of churches, membership and subscriptions to the periodicals is only effect. It may appear to be growth from man’s standpoint, but the only growth God recognizes is whether from year to year individual students are better able to remove from their thinking everything that tends to crowd out God, that they may hear His voice more clearly, in order to listen and profit by what He is saying to them, and use this divine wisdom and love to bless all mankind.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: James 4 : 10

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

Article — Taking Offense by Mary Baker Eddy

Article — “Love Your Enemies” by Mary Baker Eddy

Last year in the Royal Academy, London, England, hung a picture entitled, “Joy and the Laborer.” Two figures only were represented one, a sweet-faced child just blossoming into intelligent girlhood, seated upon a grassy bank, singing; and the other a bent and wrinkled old man who, having ceased for the while his delving in the furrows, was leaning upon his spade listening to the child’s song. In a corner of the picture were painted these words;

Take joy home
And make a place in thine own heart for her,
And give her time to grow, and cherish her.
Then will she often come and sing to thee
When thou art working in the furrows,
Aye, or weeding in the sacred hour of dawn
It is a comely fashion to be glad —
Joy is the grace we say to God.

The artist, an earnest student of Christian Science, with her message of hope, reached not a few among the many thousands which thronged the Royal Academy during the London season. Many who had been seeking long in the furrows of material sense for happiness, stopped before this picture to ponder its meaning, and the seed of Truth thus sown fell not always upon stony ground. All the world would like to “take joy home,” but until Mrs. Eddy, through Christian Science, showed us the real, we had all been taking home counterfeits of joy.

“Joy Through Humility” from Christian Science Journal,
August 1902, by A. B. I.

Article “Appreciation” by Ella W. Hoag

Article “Fret Not” by L. L. Boyd

Article “Let Us Come Before His Presence With Thanksgiving” by Franklyn J. Morgan

Article “Reconcile: to bring to acquiescence; to content” by Editor (Julia Field-King)

“The First Commandment in the Hebrew Decalogue — ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me’ — obeyed, is sufficient to still all strife. God is the divine Mind. Hence the sequence: Had all peoples one Mind, peace would reign.”

Never absent from your post, never off guard, never ill-humored, never unready to work for God, — is obedience; being “faithful over a few things.”

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 279:11-15

Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”(Matthew 5:48)

The “as” here, is not a note of equality, but of likeness: such, who profess God to be their Father, ought to imitate him, particularly in their love to men, which ought to be extended to the same objects, as the divine goodness is; that, as he shows regard in a providential way to all men, good and bad, just and unjust, and his tender mercies are over all his works; so ought they to love all men with a natural affection, and hate no man, no, not their enemies: for he that loves only his friends, and not his enemies, loves imperfectly; he does not take in the whole compass of objects his love is to extend unto; and as God loves sincerely, and without dissimulation, so should they. To be “perfect”, is to be sincere and upright: (Bible study tools)

Mrs Eddy writes in Prose Works the following; Perfection, the goal of existence, is not won in a moment; and regeneration leading thereto is gradual, for it culminates in the fulfillment of this divine rule in Science: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Miscellaneous Writings pg 85)

As God is Love, and man is His image and likeness, this Love is a very natural quality that belongs to all mankind. “Love is the bond of perfectness; and if we have perfect love, it will form in us a perfect character.” (Spurgeon verse exposition). This “perfect Love” is the key in fulfilling our goal to be perfect as our Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Final Readings

War-waging between good and evil, that is, between suppositional forces of evil and the forces of good, must be understood. For centuries the world has pictured to us the result of war-waging between good and evil, as if evil was real. As a result, eventually, one side claims itself victorious, and the other realizes itself defeated, with all the resentment and injustices that go with it, until eventually it springs up again. It is not possible to shoot, kill, or blow up aggression, greed, dishonesty, human will. These and other things, which are the basis of war, are not exterminated in this way. No one believes that any more. The way these beliefs can be exterminated, is by scientific consciousness, that “Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God, . . .” (S&H 465:17)

Omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Being leaves no power, no science, no presence, other than God. The prayer for England must be a prayer for Germany, but if we want those things to cease, they will only be stamped out by persistent and constant knowing that there is no evil in God, and therefore none in His idea, man. The only way to end war among nations, is to see as unreal the desires of the aggressors, and destroy the things which seem to create war, such as selfishness, greed, dishonesty, aggression, hatred. Whether they be expressed by Germans, the English, Italians, Americans, or any other nationality, God never gave such mental characteristics to His idea.

Listen to complete article “Oneness” from Collected Writings, (above excerpt), by Bicknell Young

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