O God, who gave such gifts to me,—Unending life and truth,—that I,Reflecting Thy eternal Mind,Might of Thy goodness testify;Who love unchanging did bestowThat I might all Thy creatures bless;Who gave me courage, health, and joy,Wisdom and strength and loveliness;Who while I closed my troubled eyes,Hast like a tender mother smiledAnd poured Thy blessings at my feet—Pardon a most ungrateful child!No more I stand in stubborn doubt,Heir of such wealth from endless age,I will reach forth my hands and takeThis fair and goodly heritage.
A certain medical doctor writing for the Journal and other newspapers is disposed at times to ridicule or condemn Christian Science and Christian Scientists.
I am reluctant to return to the subject of Mark Twain's attitude towards Christian Science, but "A Christian Believer's" remarks in his last letter make it necessary.
In your recent issue a reverend doctor is quoted as having said that "Christian Science is a real cure for imaginary ills, and an imaginary cure for real ills.
In your excellent editorial in a recent issue there appears a reference to "the 'willed' paradise of the Christian Scientist.
In your report, in a recent issue, of a sermon by a minister, a reference is made to Christian Science which requires a brief correction.
The reference made to Christian Science by a reverend doctor in your recent issue evidenced a complete lack of knowledge of the religion which he inferred is unchristian, ignores the cross, and teaches that Jesus did not suffer.
To stand and know He leads,Though we cannot see the way;To stand through storm and stress,When darkness dims the day;When fear seeks to appall,And doubt to enter in;When hatred would enthrall,To simply stand with Him.
Jesus' use of parable in the teaching of his doctrine was masterful.
Paul spoke with great wisdom when in defining the various parts of the Christian's armor he said, "Above all," take "the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
How often have men debated within themselves as to their true nature! Many have had themselves under observation, so to speak, for years, as good or evil impulses surged through them, producing good or evil effects; but the mystery remained unsolved.
A new size has been added to the series of Balcony Portraits of our Leader.
Applications for admission to membership in The Mother Church may be sent to the Clerk at any time throughout the year.
Introductions to Lectures
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While studying the Lesson-Sermon for Thanksgiving Day I awakened to the fact that if I were really grateful for the understanding of God, as taught in Christian Science, also for the many blessings in my life as the result of the application of this blessed truth, I would give my testimony to the field.
Through the study of Christian Science and the understanding of God's Word gained thereby, I have seen many of the material so-called laws in which I formerly believed with some confidence fall into pieces one by one before the eternal, all-inclusive, divine Principle, as the walls of Jericho once fell before that same Principle.
Several years after I learned of Christian Science and had begun the study of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, I became ill.
Those who have reached or passed so-called middle life, and who are learning to think from the standpoint of divine Principle, are understanding that they have cause for rejoicing in the promises of the Bible, and particularly in this verse from Isaiah: "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
One of the greatest blessings in my life has been the privilege of attending the Christian Science Sunday School.
Although Christian Science was brought to my attention about fifteen years ago, and I studied it and was convinced by logic and reason of its correctness, as well as of its foundation in the Scriptures, it was made apparent as most practical in the healing of a relative, after all material means had failed.
I am giving my testimony in the hope that someone will be benefited as I have been by the testimonies given at the Wednesday evening meetings and by those published in the Christian Science literature.
The teachings of the Science of Christianity have been an unceasing cause of gratitude for many years, and I feel it is time that some expression of it from me appeared in one of the periodicals.
For about a year before taking up the study of Christian Science I was a most unhappy person.
In 1921, at a time of great mental distress, sickness, and affliction, I found the way to Christian Science; and I thank God that He led me to it.
When you sleep,Rest as one who knowsGod's care still enfolds youAs it does the rose.
[From the Irish Times, Dublin, Irish Free State]