Sunday, December 9th, 2018 Roundtable
Your Children Belong to God
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Oh, my God, I offer as a consecrated gift upon Thine altar, a heart dedicated to Thy service, lips speaking only words of charity, love, and truth, thoughts striving to be only the true thoughts of the Mind of God. Help me to endure unto the end, strong in the faith, powerful in the truth, all the influence that I can bring to bear, all the force of tongue or pen that is mine, I offer in Thy service. May heaven help, consecrate, and accept.
— Mrs. Eddy’s Prayer, given at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, found in both the April 1885 Christian Science Journal and in Mary Baker Eddy’s Six Days of Revelation, page 171
We, to-day, in this class-room, are enough to convert the world if we are of one Mind; for then the whole world will feel the influence of this Mind; as when the earth was without form, and Mind spake and form appeared.
— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 279: 27-2
Golden Text — “Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” — Psalm 100: 3
RESPONSIVE READING: ISAIAH 65 : 18, 19, 23; ISAIAH 66 : 9, 10, 12, 13
18. Be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
23. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.
9. Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.
10. Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her.
12. For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream.
13. As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
When parents realize that every child could be the Christ they see what an error it is not to give every child a chance to fulfill such a destiny. Every child should be considered sacred. His thoughts should be developed so it is a spiritual value to the world
— from Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Precepts by Gilbert Carpenter
Is not the propagation of the human species a greater responsibility, a more solemn charge, than the culture of your garden or the raising of stock to increase your flocks and herds? Nothing unworthy of perpetuity should be transmitted to children.
— Citation 7 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
If some fortuitous circumstance places promising children in the arms of gross parents, often these beautiful children early droop and die, like tropical flowers born amid Alpine snows. If perchance they live to become parents in their turn, they may reproduce in their own helpless little ones the grosser traits of their ancestors. What hope of happiness, what noble ambition, can inspire the child who inherits propensities that must either be overcome or reduce him to a loathsome wreck?
— from Marriage in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
Clara Choate went to Mrs. Eddy one night, asking her to come and help her four-year-old, who was ill. She had tried to heal him herself but with no results. Mrs. Eddy came and prayed at his beside for a few minutes. Suddenly the little boy turned and began to kicking the wall next to his bed as hard as he could. Mrs. Eddy sat quietly without saying a word. He continued until he was tired; then he turned in bed again fell asleep healed. Later, Mrs. Choate asked her teacher at a meeting of students how she had treated her son. Mrs. Eddy replied:
The only thought that I had was ‘Warren Choate, your mother governs here with the Truth.’
Mrs. Choate, you don’t govern that child morally when he is well, so you can’t heal him when he is ill. You have done all that could be done except that you had neglected to handle the moral question, and this must be handled in every case whether it be an adult or a small child. You never make him mind, and if you give him a command you don’t insist upon his carrying it out.
The student who related this account went on to comment, ‘This lesson was brought home forcibly to us in the Association because we would never have considered that the moral question should be handled in the case of a child.’”
— from Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer by Amplified Edition by Yvonne Caché Von Fettweis, page 131
“In one instance, a mother of six months had been driven by the ceaseless crying of her baby to appeal to her teacher for relief. Mrs. Eddy spoke of this in a class she taught in 1888. A member of that class later wrote in her reminiscences:
Mrs. Eddy said she returned to the home with the mother, took the baby on her lap, and asked the mother to leave the room. The child cried and screamed terribly, and Mrs. Eddy silently declared the truth, but did nothing else. She said the struggle went on until it seemed as if the baby might die, but she continued to know that the real child could not die and that error had no life and that it could not continue to manifest itself. After a short time the child stopped its screaming and crying and went to sleep, and this was the end of that error. Mrs. Eddy went onto explain to the class that the mother, before the birth of her child, had been treating a patient who had a violent temper, and that the mother had not taken the precaution of protecting herself or her unborn child.”
— from Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer by Amplified Edition by Yvonne Caché Von Fettweis, page 111
Heredity is not a law. The remote cause or belief of disease is not dangerous because of its priority and the connection of past mortal thoughts with present. The predisposing cause and the exciting cause are mental. Perhaps an adult has a deformity produced prior to his birth by the fright of his mother. When wrested from human belief and based on Science or the divine Mind, to which all things are possible, that chronic case is not difficult to cure. In proportion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are freed from the belief of heredity, of mind in matter or animal magnetism; and we disarm sin of its imaginary power in proportion to our spiritual understanding of the status of immortal being.
— Citation 9 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and are the sons and daughters of God.
— Citation 1 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
Long hast thou stood, O church of God,
Long mid the tempest’s assailing,
Founded secure on timeless rock
Rises thy light, never failing;
Shining that all may understand
What has been wrought by God’s command,
O’er night and chaos prevailing.
Let there be light, and light was there,
Clear as the Word that declared it;
Healing and peace to all it gave,
Who in humility shared it.
Ah, they were faithful, they who heard,
Steadfast their trust in God’s great Word,
Steadfast the Love that prepared it.
Let there be light, the Word shines forth,
Lo, where the new morning whitens;
O church of God, with Book unsealed,
How its page beacons and brightens.
Living stones we, each in his place,
May we be worthy such a grace,
While Truth the wide earth enlightens.
— Hymn 176 from the Christian Science Hymnal
A divine idea carries within itself the power to accomplish the divine purpose, and the responsibility of its unfoldment belongs to divine Principle , who cares for each detail of its progressive being. All the qualities of God, good are expressed in man, His reflection, and no quality or function is missing or inactive.
— from 1937 College by Bicknell Young, page 2
The children of this world neither marry nor are given in marriage.
— from Marriage in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
And we need to know that creation, that is, all things, is ONE CREATION; and that all things are spiritual, no matter in what state or stage of human growth we are in. The living God made heaven and earth and the sea, and all things that are therein, and everything in creation is exactly the same at this moment as God conceived it; it is good and very good and it is spiritual. There can be nothing outside or beside or unlike the all-inclusiveness, ONE-INFINITY.
When rightly viewed, all natural things, from the sands on the seashore to the stars in the heavens, are formations of Spirit and are spiritual. So, also, is everything from a pin to a palace, including houses, and lands, and money, when these are correctly understood. Mrs. Eddy says (S&H 70:12), “The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a blade of grass to a star, as distinct and eternal.” Then a star, which to one state of human consciousness is inanimate matter, when rightly viewed, is an identity or is identical with Mind, Spirit, and must be spiritual. The whole point at issue is our individual viewpoint.
from Scientific Translation in Addresses, by Martha Wilcox, page 361