Sunday, July 29th, 2018 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Father, teach me how to still the clamoring of sense, and fill my place as listener, that I may hear Thy voice and grow to understand Thy Word, and so become Thy messenger. Then teach me how to banish pride and stubborn will that I may be Thy representative – with no false sense of human zeal, that every word may bless and heal, when I Thy message give.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the blue book, page 61

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

Discussion points

Golden Text — “God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” — I John 4 : 16

380 — WATCH lest you be found wishing and praying for human prosperity. Our work and prayer should be for sonship, that we may be faithful to the demands of sonship; then we will manifest the effects of sonship. We can say, “Dear Father-Mother God, I want Thy will to be done. If human prosperity is necessary as an evidence of my reflection of Thee, since Thou art all-abundance, then I will accept it; but my prayer is for less matter and more Spirit.”

Human prosperity, if it means an abundance of the very thing that we are striving to put off in Science, namely, the belief in matter, will be a hindrance to growth. Would a metaphysician be found praying for an increase in that which is opposite — the enemy — of God? Let us pray for sonship. Then divine wisdom will furnish us with all the fruits of sonship in every wise way.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

… seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. — Matthew 6:33

It matters not what be thy lot,
So Love doth guide;
For storm or shine, pure peace is thine,
Whate’er betide.

— from Hymn 160 in the Christian Science Hymnal, words by Mary Baker Eddy

Forum post — We love because He first loved us. by Barbara from PA

Man is idea, the image, of Love;

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 475

Forum post — Divine Love Overcomes Hate by Parthens

Spoke about the book, Stand in the Gap for Your Children

Talked about the Responsive Reading from II PETER 1: 4-8

Forum post — Spiritual affection by Lynda from PA

If hypocrisy, stolidity, inhumanity, or vice finds its way into the chambers of disease through the would-be healer, it would, if it were possible, convert into a den of thieves the temple of the Holy Ghost, — the patient’s spiritual power to resuscitate himself.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 365

TEMPLE. Body; the idea of Life, substance, and intelligence; the superstructure of Truth; the shrine of Love; a material superstructure, where mortals congregate for worship.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 595

The recuperative action of the system, when mentally sustained by Truth, goes on naturally.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 447

The nurse should be cheerful, orderly, punctual, patient, full of faith, — receptive to Truth and Love.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 395

Spoke about the Trial in Science and Health.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. — Proverbs 17:22

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
— 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7

Ask God to give thee skill
     In comfort’s art:
That thou may’st consecrated be
          And set apart
     Unto a life of sympathy.
For heavy is the weight of ill
     In every heart;
And comforters are needed much
     Of Christlike touch.

— from Retrospection and Introspection, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 95

Talked about unselfed Love.

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. — Psalm 37:4

Final Readings

Whene’er a noble deed is wrought,
Whene’er is spoken a noble thought,
Our hearts, in glad surprise,
To higher levels rise.

The tidal wave of deeper souls
Into our inmost being rolls,
And lifts us unawares
Out of all meaner cares.

Honor to those whose words or deeds
Thus help us in our daily needs,
And by their overflow
Raise us from what is low!

Thus thought I, as by night I read
Of the great army of the dead,
The trenches cold and damp,
The starved and frozen camp,—

The wounded from the battle-plain,
In dreary hospitals of pain,
The cheerless corridors,
The cold and stony floors.

Lo! in that house of misery
A lady with a lamp I see
Pass through the glimmering gloom,
And flit from room to room.

And slow, as in a dream of bliss,
The speechless sufferer turns to kiss
Her shadow, as it falls
Upon the darkening walls.

As if a door in heaven should be
Opened, and then closed suddenly,
The vision came and went,
The light shone was spent.

On England’s annals, through the long
Hereafter of her speech and song,
That light its rays shall cast
From portals of the past.

A lady with a lamp shall stand
In the great history of the land,
A noble type of good,
Heroic womanhood.

Nor even shall be wanting here
The palm, the lily, and the spear,
The symbols that of yore
Saint Filomena bore.

— Santa Filomena by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, November 1857