When Mrs. Eddy wrote in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 79), "Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us," she was not voicing a mere theory, rather was she setting forth a great metaphysical truth, which she herself had demonstrated as a divine fact. She proved the truths which are stated in that book, before giving it to the world.

The giving of which Mrs. Eddy speaks is to be "in the service of our Maker." Surely, giving toward the erection of a Christian Science church edifice in any community is giving in such service. Is it not helping to fulfill Jesus' command to all his followers, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"? Could there be a more unselfish gift than to open channels whereby divine Love may constantly extend the invitation, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price"?

Material sense may argue inability to help in this work for humanity, saying, "I cannot help, for I have no money to give." But all can help in the only real way that help can possibly come, by turning to God. "Yes but," material sense goes on to say, "you are talking about giving money." No, we are first concerned with overcoming false belief, the belief that man is separated from God, the source of all good.

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"As an eagle stirreth up her nest"
October 18, 1924

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