Loyal Christian Scientists
From Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy
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Pen can never portray the satisfaction that you afforded
me at the grand meeting in Chicago of the National Chris-
tian Scientist Association in 1888. Your public and
private expressions of love and loyalty were very touch-
25 ing. They moved me to speechless thanks.
Chicago is the wonder of the western hemisphere. The
Palmer House, where we stopped, is magnificent and
orderly. The servants are well-mannered, and the fare
is appetizing. The floral offerings sent to my apartments
1 were superb, especially the large book of rare flowers, and
the crescent with a star.
The reception in the spacious rooms of the Palmer
House, like all else, was purely Western in its cordiality
5 and largeness. I did not hold interviews with all with
whom I desired to, solely because so many people and
circumstances demanded my attention that my person-
ality was not big enough to fill the order; but rest as-
sured my heart’s desire met the demand.
10 My students, our delegates, about one thousand Chris-
tian Scientists, active, earnest, and loyal, formed a goodly
assemblage for the third convention of our National As-
sociation,—an assemblage found waiting and watching
for the full coming of our Lord and Christ.
15 In Christian Science the midnight hour will always be
the bridal hour, until “no night is there.” The wise
will have their lamps aglow, and light will illumine the
Out of the gloom comes the glory of our Lord, and
20 His divine Love is found in affliction. When a false
sense suffers, the true sense comes out, and the bride-
groom appears. We are then wedded to a purer, higher
affection and ideal.
I pray that all my students shall have their lamps
25 trimmed and burning at the noon of night, that not one
of them be found borrowing oil, and seeking light from
matter instead of Spirit, or at work erroneously, thus
shutting out spiritual light. Such an error and loss will
be quickly learned when the door is shut. Error giveth
30 no light, and it closes the door on itself.
In the dark hours, wise Christian Scientists stand
firmer than ever in their allegiance to God. Wisdom
1 is wedded to their love, and their hearts are not
Falsehood is on the wings of the winds, but Truth
will soar above it. Truth is speaking louder, clearer,
5 and more imperatively than ever. Error is walking to
and fro in the earth, trying to be heard above Truth,
but its voice dies out in the distance. Whosoever pro-
claims Truth loudest, becomes the mark for error’s shafts.
The archers aim at Truth’s mouthpiece; but a heart
10 loyal to God is patient and strong. Justice waits, and
is used to waiting; and right wins the everlasting
The stake and scaffold have never silenced the mes-
sages of the Most High. Then can the present mode of
15 attempting this—namely, by slanderous falsehoods, and
a secret mind-method, through which to effect the pur-
poses of envy and malice—silence Truth? Never. They
but open the eyes to the truth of Benjamin Franklin’s
report before the French Commissioners on Mesmerism:
20 “It is one more fact to be recorded in the history of the
errors of the human mind.”
“The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice.”
No evidence before the material senses can close my
eyes to the scientific proof that God, good, is supreme.
25 Though clouds are round about Him, the divine justice
and judgment are enthroned. Love is especially near
in times of hate, and never so near as when one can be
just amid lawlessness, and render good for evil.
I thunder His law to the sinner, and sharply lighten
30 on the cloud of the intoxicated senses. I cannot help
loathing the phenomena of drunkenness produced by
animality. I rebuke it wherever I see it. The vision
1 of the Revelator is before me. The wines of fornica-
tion, envy, and hatred are the distilled spirits of evil,
and are the signs of these times; but I am not dismayed,
and my peace returns unto me.
5 Error will hate more as it realizes more the presence
of its tormentor. I shall fulfil my mission, fight the good
fight, and keep the faith.
There is great joy in this consciousness, that through-
out my labors, and in my history as connected with the
10 Cause of Christian Science, it can be proven that I have
never given occasion for a single censure, when my mo-
tives and acts are understood and seen as my Father
seeth them. I once wondered at the Scriptural declara-
tion that Job sinned not in all he said, even when he cursed
15 the hour of his birth; but I have learned that a curse on
sin is always a blessing to the human race.
Those only who are tried in the furnace reflect the
image of their Father. You, my beloved students, who
are absent from me, and have shared less of my labors
20 than many others, seem stronger to resist temptation
than some of those who have had line upon line and
precept upon precept. This may be a serviceable hint,
since necessities and God’s providence are foreshadowed.
I have felt for some time that perpetual instruction of
25 my students might substitute my own for their growth,
and so dwarf their experience. If they must learn by
the things they suffer, the sooner this lesson is gained
For two years I have been gradually withdrawing from
30 active membership in the Christian Scientist Association.
This has developed higher energies on the part of true
followers, and led to some startling departures on the
1 other hand. “Offenses will come: but woe unto him,
through whom they come.”
Why does not the certainty of individual punishment
for sin prevent the wrong action? It is the love of God,
5 and not the fear of evil, that is the incentive in Science.
I rejoice with those who rejoice, and am too apt to weep
with those who weep, but over and above it all are eter-
nal sunshine and joy unspeakable.