The Office of Reader

[Original article in German]

"Shepherd, show me how to go
O'er the hillside steep,
How to gather, how to sow,—
How to feed Thy sheep."

These words from the first stanza of a poem by Mary Baker Eddy (Poems, p. 14) surely resound as a prayer in the consciousness of the First Reader who reads them from the Hymnal at our services. The office of Reader provides a glorious opportunity for ceaseless gathering and sowing, for listening to the voice of Truth, divine Love. Christ Jesus said, "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." So too the Reader, in common with every other Christian Scientist, knows that he "can do nothing of himself," but that he is taught and equipped only by God, the Father-Mother Mind; by Life, Truth, and Love; by divine wisdom.

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Joy and Spiritual Riches
March 25, 1939

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