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

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   Pen can never portray the satisfaction that you afforded
me at the grand meeting in Chicago of the National Christian
Scientist Association in 1888.  Your public and
private expressions of love and loyalty were very
touching.  They moved me to speechless thanks.
   Chicago is the wonder of the western hemisphere.  The
Palmer House, where we stopped, is magnificent and
orderly.  The servants are well-mannered, and the fare
is appetizing.  The floral offerings sent to my apartments

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were superb, especially the large book of rare flowers, and
the crescent with a star.
   The reception in the spacious rooms of the Palmer
House, like all else, was purely Western in its cordiality
and largeness.  I did not hold interviews with all with
whom I desired to, solely because so many people and
circumstances demanded my attention that my personality
was not big enough to fill the order; but rest assured
my heart's desire met the demand.
   My students, our delegates, about one thousand Christian
Scientists, active, earnest, and loyal, formed a goodly
assemblage for the third convention of our National Association,
- an assemblage found waiting and watching
for the full coming of our Lord and Christ.
   In Christian Science the midnight hour will always be
the bridal hour, until "no night is there."  The wise
will have their lamps aglow, and light will illumine the
   Out of the gloom comes the glory of our Lord, and
His divine Love is found in affliction.  When a false
sense suffers, the true sense comes out, and the bridegroom
appears.  We are then wedded to a purer, higher
affection and ideal.
   I pray that all my students shall have their lamps
trimmed and burning at the noon of night, that not one
of them be found borrowing oil, and seeking light from
matter instead of Spirit, or at work erroneously, thus
shutting out spiritual light.  Such an error and loss will
be quickly learned when the door is shut.  Error giveth
no light, and it closes the door on itself.
   In the dark hours, wise Christian Scientists stand
firmer than ever in their allegiance to God.  Wisdom

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is wedded to their love, and their hearts are not
   Falsehood is on the wings of the winds, but Truth
will soar above it.  Truth is speaking louder, clearer,
and more imperatively than ever.  Error is walking to
and fro in the earth, trying to be heard above Truth,
but its voice dies out in the distance.  Whosoever proclaims
Truth loudest, becomes the mark for error's shafts.
The archers aim at Truth's mouthpiece; but a heart
loyal to God is patient and strong.  Justice waits, and
is used to waiting; and right wins the everlasting
   The stake and scaffold have never silenced the messages
of the Most High.  Then can the present mode of
attempting this - namely, by slanderous falsehoods, and
a secret mind-method, through which to effect the purposes
of envy and malice - silence Truth?  Never.  They
but open the eyes to the truth of Benjamin Franklin's
report before the French Commissioners on Mesmerism:
"It is one more fact to be recorded in the history of the
errors of the human mind."
   "The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice."
   No evidence before the material senses can close my
eyes to the scientific proof that God, good, is supreme.
Though clouds are round about Him, the divine justice
and judgment are enthroned.  Love is especially near

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