First Impressions

Much may be said as to the character of testimonies to be given at our Wednesday evening meetings,—not that any should be barred, but that wisdom should govern their telling; and this in view of the fact that there may be many who are taking their initial steps in Christian Science by attendance at these meetings. First impressions are strong with many people, and those who are yet "babes" may be won or repelled, according to the nature and expression of the testimonies presented. Paul says to the "babes in Christ." "I have fed you with milk, and not with meat." The matchless wisdom thus displayed may, perhaps, apply more particularly to the smaller congregations, where the presence of strangers is quickly noted.

I remember my own first impressions of Christian Science. I was shocked at the idea of any one claiming to heal as Christ Jesus healed, and I so expressed myself. It seemed a sacrilege that I could not consider for a moment. I was not at the time a church-going man, and had not been for many years, yet early orthodox training by excellent parents had left a vivid impression upon me that spiritual healing was confined wholly to the personal ministry of Christ Jesus, hence my startled surprise at the character of the testimonies I heard given. A loving wife held me to the meetings, and I gradually began to realize that these people must have a reason for the faith that was in them, so I started to study into it for myself. I have often thought since how easily I might have been repelled, for the time being, had I early heard extreme statements, as I was not then ready for "strong meat." A parallel case occurs to me, and I will give it, as it helps to emphasize the injunction from Paul.

November 18, 1905

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