A Mid-week Meeting

Evening Wisconsin

The following is an account of a recent Wednesday evening meeting of the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Milwaukee, Wis.

After the usual opening exercises the leader of the meeting made a few remarks in which he spoke in part as follows:—

Circumstances under which we are placed can obtain no mastery over us unless we put our neck under the yoke. It is our own desires that confine us, and blind our spiritual perception. To illustrate: Monkey traps are used in India. A quantity of grain is put in an earthen vessel with a small opening. It lets the open palm of the monkey pass into the grain. When he has closed his fist, having a handful of grain, he cannot take it out. If he only lets go of the grain he can, with the greatest ease, run away and be free. But no! attraction for the grain so bewilders his sense that the monkey begins to think himself a captive, and so is caught. Exactly so with man—nothing to bind him to slavery but unchecked desire. This condition leads to Paul's exclamation, "Oh, wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" Our own weakness forms the obstacle that holds us. There is nothing outside of ourselves that can hinder our progress. In this thought of Christian Science, our liberty proclaims itself, and so an ardent desire to learn what the Truth is takes possession of those who come to these Sunday and Wednesday services, for "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free," and this Truth is what we are gathered together to hear about this evening. The time is now yours.

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