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No Age Limit
We read in Psalms, "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." This verse sets forth the generally accepted belief that the tenure of mortal existence, or at any rate its usefulness, is limited to a period of about "threescore years and ten." This belief has, however, been proved untrue in the individual experience of many.
Not to mention the asserted longevity of the antediluvians, including Methuselah, the historical part of the Old Testament records many instances of longevity accompanied by health, vigor, and accomplishment. For example, "When Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect." His career of usefulness and service to the one God continued long after he had rounded out one hundred years of human experience. Moses was forty when he fled from Egypt to the desert of Midian, eighty when at God's command he became the leader of the children of Israel, and one hundred and twenty when his leadership was finished. And it is recorded of him that at this advanced age "his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated."
In modern times, to mention only a few, we find that Victor Hugo, William Ewart Gladstone, and Thomas A. Edison were active octogenarians. Oliver Wendell Holmes remained active as a member of the Supreme Court of the United States until he was past ninety. Clara Barton, who continued her useful activity beyond fourscore years, said, "Let your life be counted by the mile-stones of achievement and not by the timepiece of years." Mary Baker Eddy established The Christian Science Monitor when she was eighty-seven, and continued her personal leadership of the Christian Science movement until she was in her ninetieth year.
Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.
Annual Meeting of The Mother Church
with contributions from Frank C. Colby, Elizabeth Cadwell Tomlinson, Edward L. Ripley, The Christian Science Board of Directors
A Strong Defense
JULIA SALOME KINNEY
HERBERT ERNEST EVANS
"I know better"
EUNICE W. HEDLER
The very generous allotment of your space to the report...
William Pitfield, Committee on Publication for Lancashire, England,
In your issue of September 19, under the heading,...
Hugh T. Campbell, Committee on Publication for the State of Washington,
Extracts from Reports of Christian Science Committees on Publication
with contributions from Selected
From a letter dated 1898
MARY BAKER EDDY
No Age Limit
George Shaw Cook
"Rich toward God"
Violet Ker Seymer
with contributions from Joseph S. Glickauf, John Claude Waller, Walter G. Willoschat, Minta A. Deagon, Paul Swearingen
Although it was only about three years ago that I first...
Gladys M. Hubbard
Over twenty years ago Christian Science came into my...
Charlotte Matejousky with contributions from Joseph J. Matejousky
It was in the way of Christ's appointing that I was led...
Hannah Rollins Twiss
It has long been my desire to express my gratitude for...
William H. Bolte
I am deeply grateful to God and to Christian Science for...
Ralph B. Smith with contributions from Violet G. Smith
It is with deepest gratitude that I express my appreciation...
Lucy J. Dunnington
For years I was a successful business woman—stenographer...
For about twenty years I have been relying on Christian Science...
Mary E. Blanchard
EDNA WISE WEST
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Torrance Phelps, J. W. Saunders, Malcolm J. MacLeod, J. I. Wensley, Nathan Howard Gist, Correspondent, B. Orames, Ruth Glenn Hanson