Sunday, January 16th, 2022 Roundtable

God made you ageless, diseaseless and deathless!

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Life

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Morning Prayers

Abide in the 91st Psalm and know that such abiding is treatment and protection. There is nothing that can make laws or influence you. There is but one Mind and that is Love. Do not give life to evil by attaching it to a person or thing. It cannot live without a body. Man is immortal, one. There is but one infinite manifestation. No error can attach itself to man and why deceive ourselves by thinking it can do so? Every manifestation of life is ever-present and omnipresent good and this carries within itself all healing, sustaining. Know that the kingdom of heaven is within you and this is your armor.

Trust in God – God is Life – God is infinite, therefore if we are the image and likeness of infinity, we have no beginning and no end, and are His image and likeness; that is my life insurance.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 222 and 221

Discussion points

392 — WATCH that you rise to meet the claim of advancing age with alertness and activity. Sometimes it helps to call it witchcraft, since that is what it is.

Someone has written, “Age is a condition, not an indestructible fact, and it can be made just as apparent at twenty-five as it is supposed to be at seventy-five, and is, therefore, to be courted or avoided as you like.

“One destructive force to youthfulness is constantly to allude to yourself as ‘growing old,’ or ‘feeling old,’ or as being too old for this, that or the other thing any longer. Powerful, youth-giving thought for you to keep steadily before your mental vision is that you are never too old for anything that life may bring to you. By this habitual allusion to yourself as having become incapacitated, you actually put the age limit upon your efforts, and from repetition to others, oblige them to do the same for you. Not only should you refrain from any such suggestion, but you should not permit the idea even to find lodgment in your own brain. The instant the timid thought shadows your mind and you find yourself about to say, ‘I cannot, I dare not, do this thing,’ you should feel firmly and reassuringly assert that you have always done it, and do it well.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Matthew 5 : 16

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Article “God Is Individual Consciousness” by Bicknell Young

Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.

The self-seeking pride of the evil thinker injures him when he would harm others. Goodness involuntarily resists evil. The evil thinker is the proud talker and doer. The right thinker abides under the shadow of the Almighty. His thoughts can only reflect peace, good will towards men, health, and holiness.

What Our Leader Says” from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 210

Do we not all understand cowardice never conquers? To get rid of temptation of any sort or to get out of a difficulty, we are not passive and let the wrong rule the right, but we struggle and thus conquer. We should not avoid the things that hurt us, but repeat them and meet them as their superior. Disease is a coward that leaves when you are not afraid of it.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 139

You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometime fight it out or perish, and if this be so why not do it now and where you [stand.]

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 177

Instead of being bound for the grave, we must know we are on the eternal road of Life that has no sense of death.

from “Essays Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy” in Essays and Other Footprints (the “Red Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 74

God is our Father and our Mother, our Minister and the great Physician: He is man’s only real relative on earth and in heaven. David sang, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.”

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 151

Warmed by the sunshine of Truth, watered by the heavenly dews of Love, the fruits of Christian Science spring upward, and away from the sordid soil of self and matter. Are we clearing the gardens of thought by uprooting the noxious weeds of passion, malice, envy, and strife? Are we picking away the cold, hard pebbles of selfishness, uncovering the secrets of sin and burnishing anew the hidden gems of Love, that their pure perfection shall appear? Are we feeling the vernal freshness and sunshine of enlightened faith?

The weeds of mortal mind are not always destroyed by the first uprooting; they reappear, like devastating witch-grass, to choke the coming clover. O stupid gardener! watch their reappearing, and tear them away from their native soil, until no seedling be left to propagate — and rot.

Among the manifold soft chimes that will fill the haunted chambers of memory, this is the sweetest: “Thou hast been faithful!”

“Fidelity” excerpt from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 343

First thing in the morning, “before your feet hit the floor”:

God is Mind. God is my mind. God is the only pure Mind.

God is Life. God is my life. God is the only Life.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Hymn 35: from Christian Science Hymnal, 1932 edition

Article — “Radiation and Absorption” by A. Learner

Forum posts — Life — January 16th, 2022

Keep your grin ahead of your groan.

— Plainfield Roundtable

After Mrs. Eddy’s return to Concord, New Hampshire, Mr. Knapp was asked to search again for the home which Mrs. Eddy knew God had prepared for her. Early in December, 1891, she herself was led to a beautiful tract of land on the outskirts of Concord, which she purchased. She named her home “Pleasant View”; and in writing to Mr. Knapp about it, she said that she had longed for a home by the seaside, but instead God had prepared it on a hillside. She wrote, “My house here stands upon a very sightly hill, and the sides remind me of the Galilean slopes where my brother walked, and wept, and prayed.”

— from Destiny of the Mother ChurchBy Bliss Knapp

“Work out your Own Salvation”, from Christian Science Sentinel, OCTOBER 4, 1900, by H

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