Sunday, February 4th, 2024 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

I have only to trust in God, for Love is destroying disease. I can’t do it. Truth and Love are at work, and error and hate can’t stand before them. They are destroying sin, disease and death. I know this and my faith in it cannot fail and I cannot fear.

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 220 and 229

Discussion points

36 — WATCH lest you fail to discriminate between Love as the infinite good reflected by man, of which man is the full expression, and the human misinterpretation and misuse of it. If you permit your concept of love to become darkened through the material sense of it which you see in the world, you may become so prejudiced against it, afraid of it, that you fail to cultivate it as a spiritual quality derived from God. If the human perversion of love seems so obnoxious that you endeavor to crush out or repress all tender affections, you may throw overboard the very thing most needed for your salvation, since love is truly the link between the human and the divine.

When you see one misusing love, or personalizing it, remember that he is heavenly homesick and yearning for God; but because he does not know this, he accepts a human substitute. If the Master did not condemn Mary Magdalen, but healed her by feeding her famished affections spiritually, Christian Scientists should not condemn one who has suffered enough from his mistake to be ready for divine Love.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter


GOLDEN TEXT: I John 3 : 1

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.”


INDEPENDENCE

A man has no right to do wrong. His right is to do and think right. Independence consists in his liberty and right to do right. The misconstruction of the word independence is the offspring of malicious animal magnetism. Beware of defending your right to do wrong, and be strong to defend yourself against the right to do evil. Man’s right is his power and privilege to act independently of evil suggestions or motives and he has neither right nor liberty to do wrong.

Neither divine law nor human law recognizes the right of man to sin, to steal, to commit adultery, to murder; and to do these things no more means independence than no means yes, or good means evil. So long as he exercises this mistaken sense of right, he will wrong himself and others, heap up wrath against the day of wrath, and bring upon himself punishment according to his deeds. (S. & H. 23:5)

From — Collectanea, by Mary Baker Eddy


There is no life or existence outside of Love; so if we want life, we must love; there is no other way. We are never excused or pardoned for breaking this law of Love, any more than we are for breaking the law of mathematics. No wrong done us, no matter how great, is the least excuse. No one ever had more cause for bitter feeling towards those who wronged him, than did Jesus; yet he loved all, to the end. If he had given place to the least sense of resentment, he would have lost that realization of Love’s omnipresence and omnipotence which enabled him to demonstrate the fact that Life is deathless.

“He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.” If we hate, we are in the unreal, in darkness; and this darkness will be fear, and fear will people this darkness with ghosts, “evil spirits,” “devils,” beliefs of disease. We shall be consumed by our terrors. But, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.”

… “What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” We must give up all malice and evil thinking for Love if we would live, have Life.

It is recorded that a certain man asked Jesus what he should do that he might inherit eternal life. The answer was, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself…. This do, and thou shalt live.”

“Love, The Only Life” from Christian Science Journal, July 1900 by Ira W. Packard


Love! Love! This is the word that best describes our dear Father-Mother God, and it is the word that best describes man, God’s Love made manifest. Be this Love! Sing this Love! Rejoice in this Love, because it is the substance of your being.

It is the action, it is your blood, it is your digestion, it is your assimilation, it is your very heart-beat, it is the pressure, it is the circulation, it is the temperature! It is everything that means health, that means wholeness, that means completeness! In short, as Our Leader wrote in the last verse of her poem LOVE – “…For Love alone is Life; and life most sweet, as heart to heart Speaks kindly when we meet and part.”

Let us thank God that we are the living of the Love that is Principle – this undeviating Love, this continuous Love, that is All!

— from Association on Love, 1963, by Clarence Steves


“The governments of the world will resist government by God and this will cause troubles(tribulation) but you keep your eyes on the Christ that is appearing.”

— from Daisette McKenzie to Eleanor Bell in 1938


“Beloved, now are we the sons of God,” and St. Paul says we are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.” As the glorious truth is borne in upon us that instead of being merely a future possibility this is a present actuality, a glorious fact rather than a distant hope, the heart bows in wonder before the new-old truth, and there comes the question, How can it be that I, in whose character and conduct there seems to be so much which is unlike the Father, am now—even now—a child of God, a joint-heir with Christ?

To one who questioned thus there came this thought: Suppose the daughter of a great king should be taken from her father’s palace when she was a tiny baby, and should be brought up in the midst of poverty, ignorance, and vice; and that when she had grown to young womanhood her real selfhood and inheritance should be made known to her. She would be even then the daughter of the king, had been so all the time, but there would be much which she must do before she could manifest what she really was,—a princess, one of the royal family.

She must leave her miserable abode and her evil companions, and go to the king’s palace. She must put off her filthy rags, and array herself in garments of cleanliness and beauty. She must conduct herself in a manner befitting her true position, and learn to carry herself with the dignity of a princess. She must learn the etiquette of the court, and speak its language. Nay, more, she must become acquainted with its ideals and thoughts. She would know that, as the daughter of the king, there was immense wealth at her disposal, and she must learn how to come into possession of it, and how to spend it wisely. When she considered herself a child of poverty and vice, she would expect to find in herself the hereditary tendencies of such parentage: but when she knew that she was the daughter of the king, this would be changed, and she would expect to find in herself tendencies and characteristics like those of her father, the king.

In like manner to all Christian Scientists comes the discovery that we, too, are the children of a great King — “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ,” but we have been bound so long by supposed mortal laws, and fear of disease, accident, poverty, sin, calamity, and evil of every sort, that much earnest work must be done before we can prove our position and demonstrate, even in a degree, what we are. We must arise from our miserable abode in materiality, we must cease to be “at home in the body” and “absent from the Lord,” we must seek and find our true home, — the consciousness of Spirit. We must put off the filthy rags of materiality, and array ourselves in the “garments of salvation.” We must learn what it means to be governed by spiritual ideals, to bring out in our lives the fruit of the Spirit. We must learn to think of the things which are honest, and just, and pure, and lovely, and of good report. We must learn to speak the “new tongue,” the language of Spirit. We must learn to know that all good is at our disposal, if we seek first the things of the kingdom.

We have too long believed that our heritage was a material one, and that we were bound by certain tendencies which came from an earthly parentage; but now we know that God is our Father, and we should look for those qualities in us which are like Him, and this is what every true Christian Scientist is earnestly endeavoring to do—to prove his heritage by overcoming whatever in himself is unlike his Father, God. Sometimes it is a physical ill to be overcome, sometimes a fear cast out, a wrong thought corrected, and the joy of this daily overcoming of sin and disease none but a Christian Scientist knows, for each day we are coming to know with a greater degree of certainty, that God is indeed our Father, that we are, even now, His children; and thus we are enabled to say, “Every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself even as he is pure.”

“Our Heritage” from Christian Science Sentinel, December 2, 1905, by Caroline E. Linnell


Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

1 John 3:1: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” Now will you apply that sharp test to yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that, and decide how much of your life was pagan, and how much of it was Christian? You will never make anything of your professed Christianity, you will never get a drop of happiness or any kind of good out of it; it will neither be a strength nor a joy nor a defence to you unless you make it your habitual occupation to ‘behold the manner of love’; and look and look and look until it warms and fills your heart.

—from MacLaren’s Expositions


Final Readings

LOVE beholds me as its own beloved. The divine Mother, Love, conceives me as complete and perfect. I reflect this divine conception and accept it, and so conceive and behold everyone in Love.

“The light of ever-present Love illumines the universe.”* I see that every idea is at rest, — never frustrated or thwarted, never tense, — and so my vision “rests in action”** and is at peace and satisfied. Love’s viewpoint confers impartiality, forgiveness, constancy. As Shakespeare has it:

“… Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken . . .”

I look with the eye of spiritual innocency and behold no evil, for we are in the divine presence. I behold man in Love and blot out all sense of imperfection, all fear and dislike. I look with the eye of Love’s benevolence and behold in man all the hues and qualities of God. In this view there is full recognition of the divine nature. So I look with the eye of gratitude, for the divine glory fills all space. With a grateful outlook I mother my entire universe and draw into expression the beauty of holiness.

“I saw the love of God encircling the universe and man, filling all space, and that divine Love so permeated my own consciousness that I loved with Christ-like compassion everything I saw. This realization of divine Love called into expression the beauty of holiness, the perfection of being which healed and regenerated and saved all who turned to me for help.” (Attributed to Mrs. Eddy. From “General Collectanea” published by Gilbert C. Carpenter, Jr., C.S.B.)

S. & H. 248 : 3-4
S. & H. 260 : 7-12
* S. & H. 503 : 14-15
** S. & H. 519 : 25
S. & H. 577 : 19-27

“Some Notes on True Vision” from by John Morgan

Article — “Some Notes on True Vision” by John Morgan





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