Pouring Out the Oil

Preparation for a lecture on Christian Science is a joyous task for those whose privilege it is to extend this hospitality to their community. Each church member endeavors faithfully to bring "all the tithes into the storehouse," as the prophet Malachi adjures us to do, to ensure for all a blessing so large "that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

On one such occasion, the lecture committee of a certain branch church was led to refer the membership to Mary Baker Eddy's definition of "oil" in the Glossary of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." It reads (p. 592): "Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration." All were urged to let this "heavenly inspiration" guide them in their search for just the right ideas, or tithes, to bring to the preparatory meeting for their lecture.

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November 11, 1944

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