Sunday, February 11th, 2024 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Look away from the body to Spirit. My being is spiritual, my life, my intelligence are spiritual; my senses are spiritual; my life is hid with Christ in God, and there is no other existence.

God, good, Spirit, is ever-present and man is His image and likeness. This is a rule that will solve any problem.

As a child puts her hand in the hand of a parent, so I have put my hand in the hand of God – and He will never let me go!

Abide in the 91st Psalm and know that such abiding is treatment and protection.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 78, 206, 196, 222

Discussion points

113 — WATCH lest, having learned through II Timothy 2:19 that‚ “The Lord knoweth them that are His,” and having discerned that the “Lord” is God transformed into man, as it were, or the reflected Truth, — the Christ, which alone enables one to differentiate between truth and error, between the real and the unreal, — you thereafter believe that you or anyone else can ever discern between truth and error from any standpoint other than that of inspiration.

It is the Lord alone that enables you to know them that are His. It is your spiritual perception alone that enables you to discern between that which is of God and belongs to God, and that which is human, and belongs wholly to the human mind.

Human intelligence or experience can never develop this perception. Ultraviolet rays can detect flaws in metals which cannot be detected in any other way. Let us learn to rely on inspiration in our detection of error.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Acts 27 : 23

“For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve.”

Click here to play the Hymn: — Hymn 36 The Christian Science Hymnal, 1932 edition

Article — “Entertaining Angels” by Blanche Hersey Hogue

Article — “Good Morning” by Susan F. Campbell

Article — “91st Psalm” by Bliss Knapp

Article — “Spiritual Consultations” by Rosalie Maas Stamp

Click here to play the Hymn: — Hymn 9 The Christian Science Hymnal, 1932 edition

“An Angel Waits” by Art Anker

Click here to play the audio as you read: — Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 390-393

“Ways That Are Vain”, from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 210

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 — “Angels” Martha Wilcox

Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

… in the story of Paul’s shipwreck, he should become guide, counsellor, inspirer, and a tower of strength; and that centurions and captains and all the rest of those who held official positions should shrink into the background. The natural force of his character, the calmness and serenity that came from his faith. These things made him the leader of the bewildered crowd. One can scarcely help contrasting this shipwreck — the only one in the New Testament — with that in the Old Testament. Contrast Jonah with Paul, the guilty stupor of the one, down ‘in the sides of the ship’ cowering before the storm, with the calm behaviour and collected courage of the other.

— by Maclaren Exposition

Final Readings

In the fifth chapter of Acts we read of the healing work done by the apostles, as evidenced by this statement: “And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; … insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.”

On page 8 of the Message for 1900 Mrs. Eddy says, “As in the floral kingdom odors emit characteristics of tree and flower, a perfume or a poison, so the human character comes forth a blessing or a bane upon individuals and society.” And again, on page 9 of “Rudimental Divine Science,” we read, “The spiritual power of a scientific, right thought, without a direct effort, an audible or even a mental argument, has oftentimes healed inveterate diseases.” This explains the healing influence of Peter’s shadow. Going about his gentle ministry to the sick and sinful, absorbed in the contemplation of the Christ-ideal, it is possible that he did not even know of many who were benefited by his clear reflection of the truth. Purified by sorrow and sincere repentance, uplifted by his Master’s never failing love, his real self became more and more manifest, and reflected that spirituality which tells of the divine ever presence.

So it was with the instantaneous healing of the sick woman who touched but the hem of Jesus’ garment. Her humble faith and reverence were uplifted to touch, or recognize, that spiritual atmosphere in which the Christ forever dwells, and she was “made whole.” Each one who has felt the healing power of Christian Science has had the same experience, and can testify that personality and human will had nothing to do with it. And countless are the healings of sorrow, sin, and pain by the unconscious reflection of Love in God’s ideas around us.

We know nothing about the sweet incense from earnest effort and unselfish thought which is blessing those who come within the radius of our lives. When we shall like Peter have learned by our mistakes, and because of them desire and work to forget our material selves entirely,—when our thought is filled with the love and tenderness of the Christ,—then will our unconscious influence right the wrongs of the world.

— “The shadow of Peter” (excerpt) from Christian Science Sentinel, November 10, 1917 by Mary P. Bellinger

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