Sunday, May 22nd, 2022 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Afraid? Afraid of what? What does earth hold that can compare with God’s omnipotence? Trust to His care; make faith in Him your staff; it will not bend.

Divine Love, give me higher, holier, purer desires, more self-abnegation, more love and spiritual aspira­tions. Nothing can come to me but what comes from God and nothing can go forth from me but that which goeth forth from God, good, divine Love. Divine intelligence directs, Divine Love protects, Divine Mind unfolds to me each day all I should know, do or say.

— from “Addenda” in Collectanea, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 15

Discussion points

275 — WATCH lest you feel that at your present stage of growth Science calls upon you to deny the body, or any of its organs and functions. Mrs. Eddy gives us no precedent for it. Read Miscellany, page 217. When Gilbert C. Carpenter was living in Mrs. Eddy’s home, Calvin Frye instructed him never to deny that he had a heart, since at present we seem to need a heart that operates harmoniously. We should not deny that we have a stomach as long as we still need one. Rather should we, at the present time, strive to make the demonstration that causes material sense to become the servant of Science (Science and Health, page 146).

Edward Kimball once wrote an article in which he said that all there is to stomach is what God knows about it. He wrote, “Every organ or function of the body is an idea of God, and all there is to stomach is the truth about it. It is all right at all times, imperishable, perfect.” When Mrs. Eddy corrected his manuscript, she wrote in the margin after the first phrase, “A lie.” Yet he was only stating what she had taught him! She said in substance, “Declare, ‘I have a perfect liver in God,’ and let the spiritual import of this declaration destroy the false concept about liver. You may declare, ‘I have a perfect liver,’ or ‘there is no liver,’ provided the thought back of these declarations is right.”

Mrs. Eddy also said to Dr. Baker, “There are no material lungs. If they offend thee, pluck them out — destroy your false sense of organs. Christian Scientists should say they have perfect lungs, perfect stomach, perfect heart, etc., as idea, spiritual.” When we realize that divine Love meets the human need, we will take that human need into consideration, and not try to deny out of existence that which still seems to be humanly necessary. Read Science and Health, 427:23.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: John 6 : 27

“Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you.”

“Sensuality”, from Christian Science Journal, October 1885, by E.A.B.

“Labour not for the meat which perisheth”, from Christian Science Journal, April 26, 1919, by William D. McCrackan

“Poverty and Riches”, from Christian Science Sentinel, April 1915, by Muriel C. Berry

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