Sunday, June 5th, 2022 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Animal magnetism, ignorant or malicious, you cannot separate me from God, good. You cannot dim my spiritual perception. … For God is All-in-all, the only creator of the only universe and man. We are His children and we do realize the all-fulness of the omnipotence of God. … My health, strength, life, intelligence, action, etc., are subject to the governing and controlling power of the divine Mind, and to nothing else, for there is no other power.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 77

Discussion points

134 — WATCH lest, as you strive for cause, or to correct cause, which is wholly mental, you permit thoughts of effect to distract your efforts. The cowboy who pulled out his gun and shot the villain in a movie, would have to learn that he was only observing shadows, before he could turn away from the picture long enough to change the reel in the projector for a better one.

It is right that the effects of demonstration should be manifested in one’s experience, but in one’s efforts to gain and reflect this divine power, he should not permit himself to be distracted either by the manifestation of error, or by the anticipation of what he hopes and expects divine power to accomplish. When a baseball player is trying to catch a ball, he allows nothing to distract him at that point, neither jeers from the crowd, nor speculations as to whether his team is winning or losing.

Jesus said, “Labor not for the meat which perisheth.” Labor not for effect. Do not let thoughts of effect distract your labor for cause. If the left hand symbolizes the demonstration of applying Truth to human experience, and the right hand the demonstration of receiving pure Mind, then we should not let the left hand know what the right is doing. In other words we should never permit the anticipation of the effect of demonstration to distract our thought from our reception of pure Mind. When we pray with a human object or effect in thought, we humanize prayer. When we pray with thought filled with fear for effect, we vitiate the power of prayer. When we descend from cause to effect for any reason, we forfeit the power we possess in cause.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter




GOLDEN TEXT: Jeremiah 32 : 17

“Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.”




Book: from Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps, Chapter Sixty-two, by Gilbert Carpenter




“One Cause And Effect”: from Miscellaneous Writings , by Mary Baker Eddy, page 21




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 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.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 127: 11-19




Forum posts — God the only Cause and Creator — June 5th, 2022




“The Reader Prays” by Grace K. Sticht




Treatment is Mind demanding, supplying its own evidence. (S&H 199:8-12) There are only three things to consider in a treatment: First, cause; Second, substance; Third, law. Covering these three essential points thoroughly, you have covered the essential points in connection with every suggestion.

from “Practice” in Addresses by Martha Wilcox, page 244




What is the process of healing? Healing is the increasing awareness of perfection, rather than the eradication of disease.

from “Process of Healing” in Addresses by Martha Wilcox




The necessity for uplifting the race is father to the fact that Mind can do it; for Mind can impart purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weakness, and health instead of disease. Truth is an alterative in the entire system, and can make it “every whit whole.”

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 371: 27-30




A student asked Mrs. Eddy why she did not progress faster. Mrs. Eddy said that she did not completely shut the door on error, but left it open a little crack in order to peek in and see what error was doing.

“Historical Sketch” from Fragments Gathered From Unpublished Items, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 185




Final Readings

Matthew 8:23, “And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.”

Some years ago, an officer in the army, who was a pious man, was drafted abroad with his regiment. He accordingly embarked, with his wife and children. They had not. been many days at sea when a violent storm arose, which threatened the destruction of the ship, and the loss of all their lives. Consternation and terror prevailed among the crew and passengers; his wife also was greatly alarmed. In the midst of all, he was perfectly calm and composed: his wife, observing this, began to upbraid him with want of affection to her and her children, urging, that if he was not concerned for his own safety, he ought to be for theirs. He made no reply, but immediately left the cabin,to which he returned in a short time with his drawn sword in his hand, and with a stern countenance pointed it to her breast; but she, smiling, did not appear at all disconcerted or afraid. “What!” said he, “are you not afraid when a drawn sword is at your breast? No,” answered she, “not when I know that it is in the hand of one who loves me.” “And would you have me,” replied he, “to be afraid of this storm and tempest, when I know it is in the hand of my heavenly Father, who loves me?”

“Fearless in danger” A Bible Hub Short Story from Biblehub.com

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