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Overflowing Thoughts

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26    In this receding year of religious jubilee, 1894, I as
         an individual would cordially invite all persons who
         have left our fold, together with those who never have


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1      been in it,—all who love God and keep His command-
         ments,—to come and unite with The Mother Church in
         Boston. The true Christian Scientists will be welcomed,
         greeted as brethren endeavoring to walk with us hand
5      in hand, as we journey to the celestial city.

         Also, I would extend a tender invitation to Christian
         Scientists’ students, those who are ready for the table of
         our Lord: so, should we follow Christ’s teachings; so,
         bury the dead past; so, loving one another, go forth to
10    the full vintage-time, exemplifying what we profess. But
         some of the older members are not quite ready to take
         this advanced step in the full spirit of that charity which
         thinketh no evil; and if it be not taken thus, it is impracti-
         cal, unfruitful, Soul-less.

15    My deepest desires and daily labors go to prove that
         I love my enemies and would help all to gain the abiding
         consciousness of health, happiness, and heaven.

         I hate no one; and love others more than they can
         love me. As I now understand Christian Science, I would
20    as soon harm myself as another; since by breaking
         Christ’s command, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as
         thyself,” I should lose my hope of heaven.

         The works I have written on Christian Science con-
         tain absolute Truth, and my necessity was to tell it;
25    therefore I did this even as a surgeon who wounds
         to heal. I was a scribe under orders; and who can
         refrain from transcribing what God indites, and ought
         not that one to take the cup, drink all of it, and give
         thanks?

30    Being often reported as saying what never escaped
         from my lips, when rehearsing facts concerning others
         who were reporting false charges, I have been sorry that


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1      I spoke at all, and wished I were wise enough to guard
         against that temptation. Oh, may the love that is talked,
         be felt! and so lived, that when weighed in the scale of
         God we be not found wanting. Love is consistent, uni-
5      form, sympathetic, self-sacrificing, unutterably kind; even
         that which lays all upon the altar, and, speechless and
         alone, bears all burdens, suffers all inflictions, endures
         all piercing for the sake of others, and for the kingdom
         of heaven’s sake.






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