Testimony Meetings

When we invite guests—a comrade in thought or a weary traveler along the road—to a meal in our home, as we all like to do, we prepare in advance the meal for that guest, that he may be refreshed in a normal way. Many times, if we know of a liking that he has expressed, we make an especial effort to see that this particular thing is served; and thus we express a sense of appreciation or affection. How vital, then, that in our church membership we shall not fail to prepare in advance the feast for our Wednesday evening meetings.

The active Scientist, doing his church work rightly, is of course alert to this fact; but the arguments are many and varied, and seem so real, which would prevent his either preparing or serving loving refreshment to his fellow-man. One of the most specious arguments is the thought that we must leave the meeting open for the beginner to express his gratitude, or for the visitor, or for the stranger, that he may have an opportunity to speak. Now, this has a pleasing sound and is most lovingly meant; but do we usually ask our guests beforehand to bring their own dinner? When the work is rightly done, will not the guest be given ample opportunity to add his offering to the feast, if from the fullness of his own plenty he has brought a contribution? So many times have our workers found that when they went to the meeting carefully prepared to feed the hungry, they were able to keep their own offering until some other time when it was more needed, as the testimonies came in abundance; and unquestionably many of them were from the beginner, the visitor, and the stranger, who most lovingly and helpfully contributed to the feast. Nevertheless, it is for us to remember that we are the hosts, and as such must have our meal prepared.

The Importance of Christian Science
September 30, 1922

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