Sunday, February 18th, 2024 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for goodness makes life a blessing. As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good. Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing. … Goodness and benevolence never tire. … The best man or woman is the most unselfed.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 165

Discussion points

305 — WATCH … Sometimes it is helpful to regard sickness as an indication that one’s spiritual nature, like a lovely flower, is drooping from lack of proper care.

Job’s spiritual nature was like the goose that laid golden eggs. He became so enamoured with the eggs, that he neglected the goose and it drooped from lack of care.

This condition was manifested as sickness and loss. What Job really had was “soul sickness,” since when he once more began to care for his soul, it revived, and he returned to health and prosperity.

The life of the soul is in spiritual giving. Man’s spiritual nature thrives in pouring out good to others. We care for it properly when we feed it with the bread of Life, and then pour out spiritual blessings to others.

It is a fact in Science that spiritual sense will continue to supply us with golden eggs, providing our enjoyment of them does not cause us to value them ahead of their source, so that we neglect to care for source as we should. When we give spiritually as we should, God will always provide the means for giving.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Isaiah 33 : 22

“For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.”

…when Jesus went to Nain, he was followed not only by his own disciples, but by a multitude of people. On approaching the gateway of Nain, this large concourse with Jesus at the head was met by a procession coming in the opposite direction. This procession proved to be a funeral party coming out of the city and following the bier of a young man, the only son of a sorrowing mother.

It was the custom among the Jews at that time for anyone who met a funeral party to join the procession and accompany it to the graveside. To do this was looked upon as a sign of respect to the dead. It would be expected of Jesus, perhaps, and of all who were with him, that they should turn and follow this sad party to the burial place. But our Master had no intention of so doing. Instead, his compassionate look went straight to the one who was suffering most, the mother of the young man; and he said to her, “Weep not.” Then turning to the bier he bade the young man arise. “And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.” No wonder those who stood around glorified God! Within a few moments Jesus had reversed the whole situation, the sad occasion, the mournful procession, the grief of the mother; and one can imagine with what joy that erstwhile sad party must have turned back and accompanied Jesus and his followers.

Let us take courage from our Exemplar, Jesus the Christ, and call a halt to any procession of distressed or unhappy thoughts in which we may be indulging. It may need a big effort to do this, but there is no occasion to accept and indulge in thinking that is without Principle or reality. On the contrary, such thinking can be straightway reversed if we will fairly and squarely face the fact that God is the only Mind. Thus we shall rise in thought and find that from God’s point of view everything is all right, and we are entering the heavenly city of divine consciousness and experience.

“Reversing Error” (excerpt) from Christian Science Sentinel, February 11, 1928 by Eric W. Carr

SOUL is the faculty of spiritual sense, which gives me inner vision, or spiritual insight. This intuitive Soul-sense is inner apprehension and seeing, and it is entirely nonsensual. It enlarges my perception of character, revealing the real identity and nature of whatever I behold.

Through the penetration of Soul I see through sin’s disguise to the sinless man within. I do not confuse appearance with reality. I can see beyond the symbols to the actuality of ideas. As my vision rises, the symbols are transformed.

The senses of Soul function not through corporeal organs, but through the exercising of spiritual sense, — as music is appreciated not through physical sense organs, but through musical sense. Understanding this will normalize and quicken the so-called organs of vision, for Soul is the exchange-point in our practice.

Soul supercedes sense. Therefore I do not look on anyone sensually, nor do I mistake the outer form for the true identity. The veils of sense and self do not impair my vision in Soul, but I perceive definitely “what eye hath not seen.” In Soul, my vision is never related to the self-centered “me,” but looks out selflessly, as the sun shines.

Through the vision of spiritual understanding I am always translating objects of sense into ideas of Soul. I can see with exactitude and instant focus whatever I need to see, because I am identified with perfect vision.

The dry land of Soul gives me stability, self-assurance and self-confidence. Therefore I know who I am, and am undisturbed, so that I look out unself-consciously, steadily and calmly. From my dry land, my vision is unvarying, permanent, free from conflict, and unfettered by mortal belief. My sight is untouched by anxiety or stress, but dwells on God.

Soul balances the inner with the outer, the left with the right. Starting with the kingdom within, I can set to work to “make this earth our Father’s kingdom” also. What I behold with the material senses must be brought to coincide with spiritual sense. Spiritual apprehension is my vision; its practice is my eyesight.

S. & H. 91 : 16-21
S. & H. 214 : 5-8, 26-1
S. & H. 263 : 28-31
S. & H. 315 : 11-20
S. & H. 258 : 21-24, 31-1
S. & H. 585 : 9-11

Some Notes on True Vision by John L. Morgan

Read Complete Booklet — Some Notes on True Vision by John L. Morgan

Article — The Law of Recovery by Mary Beth Singleterry

“He restoreth my soul.”

We find in our text-book, that the word Soul used in this connection means “spiritual sense.” Spiritual sense is the understanding of God, Good, the realization of harmony, health, and holiness. Error has seemed to dull man’s perception, just as smoked glasses held before the eyes make all objects appear indistinct and blurred to mortal sense. To restore the normal perception in the one case, it is only necessary to remove the smoked glasses. Perception was not lost, but veiled. So with the spiritual sense or perception. A false belief in the reality of material things and of sin, sickness, and death, has beclouded the vision.

When we declare the Truth and cast aside the illusive spectacles of material sense, then the light of Truth reveals the eternal facts of Being, clear and distinct in consciousness. Our soul (spiritual sense) is then restored.

“He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”

Webster defines righteousness as “purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the divine law. . . . Nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law. It includes all we call justice, honesty, and virtue, with holy affections; in short, it is true religion.”

Divine Love has shown us the way out of error and leadeth us through Christian Science into the “realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind; the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme” (Science and Health, 581).

“The Twenty-Third Psalm” (excerpt) from Christian Science Journal, December 1898, by Henry D. Nunn

Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

Psalm 25:5 “For thou art the God of my salvation – The word salvation” is not to be understood here in the sense in which it is now commonly used, as denoting deliverance from sin and future ruin, but in the more general sense of “deliverance” – deliverance from danger and death. The phrase is synonymous with “preservation,” and the idea is that the psalmist regarded God as his preserver; or that he owed his protection and safety in the time of danger to Him alone.” “On thee do I wait – That is, I rely on Thee; or, I am dependent on Thee. He had no other source of reliance or dependence.”

“All the day – Continually, always. He was really dependent upon Him at all times, and he felt that dependence. It is always true that we are dependent upon God for everything.”

— Barnes notes on the Bible, Psalm 25:5

Definition of “righteousness” from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary:
Purity of heart and rectitude of life; Conformity of heart and life to the divine law; nearly equivalent tocholiness; comprehending holy principles and affections of the heart; All we call Justice, honesty, virtue, with holy affections; in short it is true religion another beautiful definition to think about and so what is this saying God leadth leadth us into these Paths of righteousness.

— Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Restore: to return a lost thing to replace to a former place; bring back; recover; heal; cure; repair, rebuild, revive; resuscitate; bring back to life; return after absence; renew; reestablish after an interruption.

— Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

A sense of loss is presented to human find consciousness when, influenced by error, one believes good, health, prosperity, friendship, and substance, and love in matter and personal sense.

If we are oppressed by a sense of loss, we may apply the law of God and find the good we are seeking; for this law, as it is obeyed, restores lost innocence and joy, lost health and strength, lost friendship, vanished love. These are found in the kingdom of heaven, where alone we can find the real and eternal. There they have always been, and there they are kept intact for us to claim, guarded by God’s unchanging, powerful law, which is always at work, no matter what personal sense may falsely declare.

God’s law is always in operation; it can be appealed to immediately. We see this illustrated in human affairs. If we are robbed, if our rights are interfered with, we appeal to the law which provides for the return of that which was lost. We proceed to seek for, to claim, and to identity our own in the place and manner which the law directs. How foolish to be too careless or lazy to apply to the law and to take the necessary steps to obtain its aid! Many of us have truth, and will point out proved again and again that obedience to the law of God restores what is apparently lost.

We should claim all that error tells us we have lost, whether it be love, joy, peace, actvity, helath, prosperity, keenness, power, vision, efficiency, or position. God’s gifts cannot be lostsince they exist exist in Him.

“God’s Law of Restoration” from Christian Science Sentinel, June 23, 1934, by Katherine English

Article — “Things to Handle Daily” from Watches, Prayers, and Arguments given by Mary Baker Eddy

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