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The March Primary Class

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         My students, three picture-stories from the Bible pre-
         sent themselves to my thought; three of those pictures
15    from which we learn without study. The first is that of
         Joshua and his band before the walls of Jericho. They
         went seven times around these walls, the seven times
         corresponding to the seven days of creation: the six days
         are to find out the nothingness of matter; the seventh
20    is the day of rest, when it is found that evil is naught
         and good is all.

         The second picture is of the disciples met together in
         an upper chamber; and they were of one mind. Mark,
         that in the case of Joshua and his band they had all to
25    shout together in order that the walls might fall; and the
         disciples, too, were of one mind.

         We, to-day, in this class-room, are enough to con-
         vert the world if we are of one Mind; for then the whole
         world will feel the influence of this Mind; as when

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1      earth was without form, and Mind spake and form

         The third picture-lesson is from Revelation, where, at
         the opening of the seals, one of the angels presented him-
5      self with balances to weigh the thoughts and actions of
         men; not angels with wings, but messengers of pure and
         holy thoughts that say, See thou hurt not the holy things
         of Truth.

         You have come to be weighed; and yet, I would not
10    weigh you, nor have you weighed. How is this? Be-
         cause God does all, and there is nothing in the opposite
         scale. There are not two,—Mind and matter. We
         must get rid of that notion. As we commonly think, we
         imagine all is well if we cast something into the scale of
15    Mind, but we must realize that Mind is not put into the
         scales with matter; then only are we working on one side
         and in Science.

         The students of this Primary class, dismissed the fifth
         of March, at close of the lecture on the fourth presented
20    their teacher with an elegant album costing fifty dollars,
         and containing beautiful hand-painted flowers on each
         page, with their autographs. The presentation was made
         in a brief address by Mr. D.A. Easton, who in appro-
         priate language and metaphor expressed his fellow-students’
25    thanks to their teacher.

         On the morning of the fifth, I met the class to answer
         some questions before their dismissal, and allude briefly
         to a topic of great import to the student of Christian
         Science,—the rocks and sirens in their course, on and
30    by which so many wrecks are made. The doors of animal
         magnetism open wide for the entrance of error, some-
         times just at the moment when you are ready to enter on

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1      the fruition of your labors, and with laudable ambition
         are about to chant hymns of victory for triumphs.

         The doors that this animal element flings open are
         those of rivalry, jealousy, envy, revenge. It is the self-
5      asserting mortal will-power that you must guard against.
         But I find also another mental condition of yours that
         fills me with joy. I learned long ago that the world could
         neither deprive me of something nor give me anything,
         and I have now one ambition and one joy. But if
10    one cherishes ambition unwisely, one will be chastened
         for it.

         Admiral Coligny, in the time of the French Huguenots,
         was converted to Protestantism through a stray copy of
         the Scriptures that fell into his hands. He replied to his
15    wife, who urged him to come out and confess his faith,
         “It is wise to count the cost of becoming a true Chris-
         tian.” She answered him, “It is wiser to count the cost
         of not becoming a true Christian.” So, whatever we meet
         that is hard in the Christian warfare we must count as
20    nothing, and must think instead, of our poverty and help-
         lessness without this understanding, and count ourselves
         always as debtors to Christ, Truth.

         Among the gifts of my students, this of yours is one
         of the most beautiful and the most costly, because you
25    have signed your names. I felt the weight of this yes-
         terday, but it came to me more clearly this morning when
         I realized what a responsibility you assume when sub-
         scribing to Christian Science. But, whatever may come
         to you, remember the words of Solomon, “Though hand
30    join in hand, the wicked shall not go unpunished: but
         the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.”

         You will need, in future, practice more than theory.

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1      You are going out to demonstrate a living faith, a true
         sense of the infinite good, a sense that does not limit God,
         but brings to human view an enlarged sense of Deity.
         Remember, it is personality, and the sense of personality
5      in God or in man, that limits man.

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