"The flame of devotion"

In "Miscellaneous Writings" (pp. 341, 342) Mrs. Eddy writes, "Neither the cares of this world nor the so-called pleasures or pains of material sense are adequate to plead for the neglect of spiritual light, that must be tended to keep aglow the flame of devotion whereby to enter into the joy of divine Science demonstrated."

When our Leader was the only Christian Scientist on earth, she never for one instant wavered from tending that spiritual light which was to radiate Christ's divine message to the far corners of the globe. Her consistent and constant right thinking led to the transmission of the redemptive tidings, and through her spiritual understanding and demonstration of man as God's expressed image and likeness and her gentle, ofttimes silent, ministry, sicknesses were healed and seemingly insurmountable problems removed. Of this healing ministry she wrote in a letter to a branch church in 1897 (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 147): "I have a work to do that, in the words of our Master, 'ye know not of.' From the interior of Africa to the utmost parts of the earth, the sick and the heavenly homesick or hungry hearts are calling on me for help, and I am helping them."

The Building
November 17, 1934

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