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.

The necessary funds were raised, and the lecturer was to be called. On the walk home error tantalized the young student by suggestions that she had given too much, more than they were able to pay, more than the husband would approve, and so on. In seeking earnestly to be guided, and for a prayer for light, these words from Ecclesiastes came clearly to thought: "Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days." The arguments of material sense were silenced, the burden was lifted; no doubt remained, and there was no wish to change anything. During the following days, only gladness and rejoicing and a desire to take in and keep all the truth to be spoken, filled her consciousness.

"Casting away his garment"
July 27, 1918

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