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The Wednesday testimony meeting in The Mother Church and in its branches is a fruitage meeting. Here students, their hearts filled with joy and gratitude to God for their blessings, bring their offerings. These midweek meetings are also opportunities for workers in all degrees of unfoldment to learn more of God's dear love. Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 12, 13): "In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as 'a very present help in trouble.' Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, 'Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters.'"
Through many years the writer had drunk from the open fount of living waters of Truth as revealed by Christian Science. He therefore earnestly desired to testify to divine healing at these Wednesday meetings. However, meeting after meeting went by, and he would leave the church somewhat crestfallen because he had not testified. While speaking with an experienced worker in Christian Science about this problem he was told to do daily protective work for the midweek meeting. In pondering this offered solution the writer asked himself, From what do the meetings need protection? He got his answer: Protection from the false belief of opposition to divine healing in Christian Science.
Mrs. Eddy says (ibid., p. 224): "The modern lash is less material than the Roman scourage, but it is equally as cutting. Cold disdain, stubborn resistance, opposition from church, state laws, and the press, are still the harbingers of truth's full-orbed appearing." On the same page we further read: "The power of God brings deliverance to the captive. No power can withstand divine Love." Here is outlined what sometimes seems to frustrate the desire to testify.
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THE QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF SPIRIT
ALBERT CLINTON MOON
RACHEL M. PRATT
CHARLES B. MAYS
BEFORE THE LESSON
"THE SCRIPTURES ARE VERY SACRED"
Helen Dye Sharback
CHRIST, THE SAVIOUR FROM FALSE BELIEF
Richard J. Davis
THE LIGHT OF MIND
Robert Ellis Key
It is with great joy that I testify...
Elsie Lily Bunting
My two worst enemies were resentment...
Leslie G. Nicholson with contributions from Norma E. Ziegler
My reading of Mrs. Eddy's statement...
Katharine C. MacInnis
With a heart full of gratitude to...
After eight years of continual...
Lillie L. Washburn
During the past forty-odd years...
Philip L. Angell
The study and practice of Christian Science...
CONSECRATION TO OUR LEADER'S PURPOSE
with contributions from John M. Tutt, Lucy Hays Reynolds, Milton Simon, May Rimes Hutson, Walton Hubbard
Pearl Strachan Hurd