The following excerpts are taken from an article, written by Ezra W.
The new church edifice of Second Church of Christ, Scientist, was formally opened Christmas day with four services.
The author of the Christian Science text-book takes no patients, does not consult on disease, nor read letters referring to these subjects.
The summary of a letter written by General Nogi, which recently appeared in the news columns of the daily press, presents a welcome break in the monotony of the dispatches which have previously chronicled the death of at least seventy-five thousand men in the siege of Port Arthur, for it indicates that the generous courtesy which should ever govern the actions of a brave man has survived the carnage of one of the most sanguinary campaigns in history.
It is generally conceded that, with the passing of the years, some of the old-time virtues which could ill be spared have been given a minor place in the estimate of mankind.
A Revelation of truth is always indicated when the religious terms with which we are familiar come to have a more spiritual, more practical, more inspiring significance, and the application of this simple test brings satisfying and the application of this simple test brings satisfying assurance to every faithful student of Christian Science that this is indeed a divine light which has been thrown upon the erstwhile obscure pathways and problems of human life.
Fall River, January 17, 1905.
Words are inadequate to express the blessings I have realized from the study of Christian Science.
About six years ago I was sick and miserable, and could see no end to my financial troubles.
In looking back to the time before I began to study Christian Science, I find that most of my memories are associated with illness.
Having seen so many beautiful demonstrations in this truth, I deem it my duty to let others know what it has done for our family.
About twelve years ago I graduated from the Nurses Training School in Newburyport, Mass.
To-day, with the sun shining in at my window, and a peace in my heart that can be naught but a ray from the "Sun of righteousness," I am impelled to reflect it in an expression of love and gratitude.
An instance of the efficiency of the understanding of Christian Science, even in a small degree, and a reliance upon Truth alone in the treatment of croup, may be of interest to some reader who has children.
It is nearly ten years since I received my first treatment in Christian Science and was healed of chronic spinalmeningitis.
If the following experience should prove helpful to any who may be coming out of a like situation, the purpose of this writing will have been accomplished.
I wish to express my gratitude for what Christian Science has done, and is doing, for me.
When I first met with Christian Science, the dear practitioner who had been so patient with me, told me of God as Mind.
Living, as I do, away out in South Dakota, I seldom see any one but my own family, and no Christian Scientists.
A Business Man's New Year Endeavor:—To be joyous in my work, moderate in my pleasures, chary in my confidences, faithful in my friendships; to be energetic, but not excitable; enthusiastic, but not fanatical; loyal to the truth as I see it, but ever open-minded to the newer light; to abhor gush as I would profanity, and hate cant as I would a lie; to be careful in my promises, punctual in my engagements, candid with myself, and frank with others; to discourage shams and rejoice in all that is beautiful and true; to do my work and live my life so that neither shall require defence or apology; to honor no one simply because rich or famous, and despise no one because humble or poor; to be gentle and considerate toward the weak, respectful yet self-respecting toward the great, courteous to all, obsequious to none; to seek wisdom from great books and inspiration from good men; to invigorate my mind with noble thoughts as I do my body with sunshine and fresh air; to prize all sweet human friendships and seek to make at least one home happy; to have charity for the erring, sympathy for the sorrowing, cheer for the despondent; to leave the world a little better off because of me; and to leave it, when I must, bravely and cheerfully, with faith in God and good-will to all my fellow-men—this shall be my endeavor during the coming year.
The Christian Science Text-Book.