Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

TO THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST ASSOCIATION
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TO THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST ASSOCIATION



   My Dear Students and Friends: - Accept my thanks
for your card of invitation, your badge, and order of exercise,
all of which are complete.
   When I gave you a meagre reception in Boston at the
close of the first convention of the National Christian
Scientist Association, it was simply to give you the privilege,
poor as it was, of speaking a few words aside to your
teacher.  I remember my regret, when, having asked in
general assembly if you had any questions to propose, I
received no reply.  Since then you have doubtless realized
that such opportunity might have been improved; but
that time has passed.
   I greatly rejoice over the growth of my students within
the last few years.  It was kind of you to part so gently
with the protecting wings of the mother-bird, and to spread
your own so bravely.  Now, dear ones, if you take my
advice again, you will do - what?
   Even this:  Disorganize the National Christian Scientist
Association! and each one return to his place of
labor, to work out individually and alone, for himself and
for others, the sublime ends of human life.
   To accomplish this, you must give much time to
self-examination and correction; you must control appetite,
passion, pride, envy, evil-speaking, resentment, and each
one of the innumerable errors that worketh or maketh
a lie.  Then you can give to the world the benefit of all
this, and heal and teach with increased confidence.  My
students can now organize their students into associations,
form churches, and hold these organizations of their

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own, - until, in turn, their students will sustain themselves
and work for others.
   The time it takes yearly to prepare for this national
convention is worse than wasted, if it causes thought to
wander in the wilderness or ways of the world.  The detail
of conforming to society, in any way, costs you what
it would to give time and attention to hygiene in your
ministry and healing.
For students to work together is not always to cooperate,
but sometimes to coelbow!  Each student should
seek alone the guidance of our common Father - even
the divine Principle which he claims to demonstrate, -
and especially should he prove his faith by works, ethically,
physically, and spiritually.  Remember that the
first and last lesson of Christian Science is love, perfect
love, and love made perfect through the cross.
   I once thought that in unity was human strength; but
have grown to know that human strength is weakness, -
that unity is divine might, giving to human power, peace.
   My counsel is applicable to the state of general growth
in the members of the National Christian Scientist Association,
but it is not so adapted to the members of
students' organizations.  And wherefore?  Because the
growth of these at first is more gradual; but whenever
they are equal to the march triumphant, God will give
to all His soldiers of the cross the proper command, and
under the banner of His love, and with the "still, small
voice" for the music of our march, we all shall take step
and march on in spiritual organization.
                                        Your loving teacher,
                                        Mary Baker G. Eddy

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