Chapter 4 – Addresses – Message To The Annual Meeting Of The Mother Church, Boston, 1896 | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Chapter 4 – Addresses – Message To The Annual Meeting Of The Mother Church, Boston, 1896

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         Beloved Brethren, Children, and Grandchildren: —

24    Apart from the common walks of mankind, revolving

         oft the hitherto untouched problems of being, and

         oftener, perhaps, the controversies which baffle it,

27    Mother, thought-tired, turns to-day to you; turns to

         her dear church, to tell the towers thereof the remarkable

         achievements that have been ours within the past few

30    years: the rapid transit from halls to churches, from un-

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1     settled questions to permanence, from danger to escape,

         from fragmentary discourses to one eternal sermon; yea,

3     from darkness to daylight, in physics and metaphysics.

         Truly, I half wish for society again; for once, at least,

         to hear the soft music of our Sabbath chimes saluting the

6     ear in tones that leap for joy, with love for God and


         Who hath not learned that when alone he has his

9     own thoughts to guard, and when struggling with man-

         kind his temper, and in society his tongue? We also

         have gained higher heights; have learned that trials lift

12    us to that dignity of Soul which sustains us, and finally

         conquers them; and that the ordeal refines while it


15    Perhaps our church is not yet quite sensible of what

         we owe to the strength, meekness, honesty, and obedi-

         ence of the Christian Science Board of Directors; to

18    the able editors of The Christian Science Journal, and

         to our efficient Publishing Society.

         No reproof is so potent as the silent lesson of a good

21    example. Works, more than words, should characterize

         Christian Scientists. Most people condemn evil-doing,

         evil-speaking; yet nothing circulates so rapidly: even gold

24    is less current. Christian Scientists have a strong race to

         run, and foes in ambush; but bear in mind that, in the

         long race, honesty always defeats dishonesty.

27    God hath indeed smiled on my church, — this

         daughter of Zion: she sitteth in high places; and to de-

         ride her is to incur the penalty of which the Hebrew

30    bard spake after this manner: “He that sitteth in the

         heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in


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1     Hitherto, I have observed that in proportion as this

         church has smiled on His “little ones,” He has blessed

3     her. Throughout my entire connection with The Mother

         Church, I have seen, that in the ratio of her love for

         others, hath His love been bestowed upon her; watering

6     her waste places, and enlarging her borders.

         One thing I have greatly desired, and again earnestly

         request, namely, that Christian Scientists, here and

9     elsewhere, pray daily for themselves; not verbally, nor

         on bended knee, but mentally, meekly, and importu-

         nately. When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-

12    Mother God for bread, it is not given a stone, — but

         more grace, obedience, and love. If this heart, humble

         and trustful, faithfully asks divine Love to feed it with the

15    bread of heaven, health, holiness, it will be conformed to

         a fitness to receive the answer to its desire; then will flow

         into it the “river of His pleasure,” the tributary of divine

18    Love, and great growth in Christian Science will follow, —

         even that joy which finds one’s own in another’s good.

         To love, and to be loved, one must do good to others.

21    The inevitable condition whereby to become blessed, is to

         bless others: but here, you must so know yourself, under

         God’s direction, that you will do His will even though

24    your pearls be downtrodden. Ofttimes the rod is His

         means of grace; then it must be ours, — we cannot avoid

         wielding it if we reflect Him.

27    Wise sayings and garrulous talk may fall to the ground,

         rather than on the ear or heart of the hearer; but a tender

         sentiment felt, or a kind word spoken, at the right moment,

30    is never wasted. Mortal mind presents phases of charac-

         ter which need close attention and examination. The

         human heart, like a feather bed, needs often to be stirred,

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1     sometimes roughly, and given a variety of turns, else it

         grows hard and uncomfortable whereon to repose.

3     The lessons of this so-called life in matter are too vast

         and varied to learn or to teach briefly; and especially

         within the limits of a letter. Therefore I close here,

6     with the apostle’s injunction: “Finally, brethren, what-

         soever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,

         whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,

9     whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of

         good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any

         praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye

12    have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in

         me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

         With love, Mother,


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