Message To The Annual Meeting Of The Mother Church, Boston, 1896

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         Beloved Brethren, Children, and Grandchildren:—
         Apart from the common walks of mankind, revolving
25    oft the hitherto untouched problems of being, and
         oftener, perhaps, the controversies which baffle it,
         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,
         from darkness to daylight, in physics and metaphysics.

         Truly, I half wish for society again; for once, at least,
5      to hear the soft music of our Sabbath chimes saluting the
         ear in tones that leap for joy, with love for God and

         Who hath not learned that when alone he has his
         own thoughts to guard, and when struggling with man-
10    kind his temper, and in society his tongue? We also
         have gained higher heights; have learned that trials lift
         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
         the able editors of The Christian Science Journal, and
         to our efficient Publishing Society.

20    No reproof is so potent as the silent lesson of a good
         example. Works, more than words, should characterize
         Christian Scientists. Most people condemn evil-doing,
         evil-speaking; yet nothing circulates so rapidly: even gold
         is less current. Christian Scientists have a strong race to
25    run, and foes in ambush; but bear in mind that, in the
         long race, honesty always defeats dishonesty.

         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
         her. Throughout my entire connection with The Mother
         Church, I have seen, that in the ratio of her love for
5      others, hath His love been bestowed upon her; watering
         her waste places, and enlarging her borders.

         One thing I have greatly desired, and again earnestly
         request, namely, that Christian Scientists, here and
         elsewhere, pray daily for themselves; not verbally, nor
10    on bended knee, but mentally, meekly, and importu-
         nately. When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-
         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
         Love, and great growth in Christian Science will follow,—
         even that joy which finds one’s own in another’s good.

20    To love, and to be loved, one must do good to others.
         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
         your pearls be downtrodden. Ofttimes the rod is His
25    means of grace; then it must be ours,—we cannot avoid
         wielding it if we reflect Him.

         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.

         The lessons of this so-called life in matter are too vast
         and varied to learn or to teach briefly; and especially
5      within the limits of a letter. Therefore I close here,
         with the apostle’s injunction: “Finally, brethren, what-
         soever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
         whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
         whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of
10    good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any
         praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye
         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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