An Appreciative Letter

Independent Statesman

Among the visiting Christian Scientists who responded to Mrs. Eddy's invitation to come to Concord on Old Home Day was Minnie E. Erwin of Boston, who has sent to Mrs. Eddy the following appreciative letter expressing her pleasure in the occasion:—

"Thank you for the kind message of invitation that came to your children in Boston, Wednesday afternoon. Yesterday morning we started on the early train, glad to do as Mother wished. It was a good day. Threatening clouds vanished and the sun shone brightly—a sweet prophecy. In the cars all faces were bright, and as we spoke together of the things of the Kingdom gladness seemed to reign. At nearly every station brothers and sisters came to join the happy throng. Inside the train was every manifestation of peace and love; outside, the beautiful scenery—winding rivers, green fields, and grand hills—turned our thought to the 'River of Life' and to 'the grand ideas of Truth' (Science and Health, p. 505), bringing to mind David's sweet psalm, 'As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even forever.'

"All was good, the gathering in the beautiful Christian Science Hall, where we were permitted to go in and out as we pleased; the sharing of the patriotism of the day; the interchange of Christian Science thought; the singing of our Mother's dear 'Shepherd Hymn;' the harmony and uplifting that came at Pleasant View as we roamed through the fields or sat on the grass talking lovingly together; the glimpses of Mother's peaceful face as she stepped into her carriage. Then, later, the gathering again at the Hall and Mother's presence for a few short moments. Though when she retired to the parlor a mortal sense of disappointment passed over us, it soon vanished, and we were glad that if all could not listen to her words of counsel and love, the dear First Members present had that privilege, and we could share the blessing. It was a happy day and we came home inspired with new hope, courage, and strength. Thank you for all you do for us. God bless Mother! and give us all the love that will enable us to be very faithful and true in all our Christian Science work and living."

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