As we listen to the testimonies given at our Wednesday evening meetings and hear the expressions of gratitude to friends and practitioners, we are reminded that Christian Science honors God supremely. We are told in our text-book that "the one Mind only is entitled to honor," and that we should "give to Mind the glory, honor, ... everlastingly due its holy name" (Science and Health, pp. 183, 143).

In the seventh chapter of Luke's Gospel, we have the story of Jesus' raising of the widow's son from the dead, in which we are told that when the multitude saw this deed performed "they glorified God," and in the selfsame hour Jesus was able to heal many of their infirmities and plagues, which would imply that their willingness and ability to glorify God and to recognize Him as the source of the wonderful power displayed by Jesus, enabled them to receive the benefits of the healing power. It is noticeable that they "glorified God," rather than Jesus, the one who apparently was performing the so-called miracle; and we see throughout the whole career of Jesus the effort on his part to turn the thought of the people away from himself to God. He said, "I can of mine own self do nothing;' and again, "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God," and again he said, "The servant is not greater than his lord."

So is it with those who practise the Science of Christianity today: the desire is to turn thought away from human personality to the true source and Giver of all good—to God, to whom be "glory and majesty, dominion and power." This does not mean that we should not be grateful to those who have helped us, but there is a distinction to be made between the source of the stream and its channel, between the master and the servant. We may be grateful to the one, but we should glorify the other; and according to Webster, "to glorify" means "to place first." In expressing our gratitude, therefore, it is well that while we "render unto Cæsar the things that are Cæsar's," we should not forget to "render unto God the things that are God's."

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December 25, 1909

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