Bread Cast upon the Waters

On page 79 of Science and Health we read, "Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us." It is not so much the material giving or mortal sacrifice which helps us in our growth in Christian Science, as it is the spiritual insight, the obedience to the law of God, which makes for good. "I will have mercy, and not sacrifice," we read in Matthew's gospel. The putting out of material thoughts and desires will enable spiritual ideas to enter consciousness, and in turn they supply all our needs.

Memory often turns to a helpful lesson learned many years ago. After a Wednesday evening meeting a small congregation of Christian Scientists held a business meeting to ascertain whether or not they were able to call a lecturer. A paper was passed to get an estimate of how much money could be given, and one young Scientist, being very desirous of having a lecture, pledged nearly a third of the monthly income of her home. The paper passed again, but she could make no change in her first offer; moreover, remorse began to gnaw, as she feared what other members of the family might think about the amount she had subscribed.

"Casting away his garment"
July 27, 1918

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