Message for 1900, by Mary Baker Eddy
He goes on to portray seven churches, the full number
of days named in the creation, which signifies a complete
time or number of whatever is spoken of in the Scriptures.
Beloved, let him that hath an ear (that discerneth spiritually)
hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; and
seek thou the divine import of the Revelator's vision -
and no other. Note his inspired rebuke to all the churches
except the church in Philadelphia - the name whereof
signifies "brotherly love." I call your attention to this
to remind you of the joy you have had in following the
more perfect way, or Golden Rule: "As ye would that
men should do to you, do ye." Let no root of bitterness
spring up among you, but hold in your full hearts fervently
the charity that seeketh not only her own, but another's
good. The angel that spake unto the churches cites Jesus
as "he that hath the key of David; that openeth and no
man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth;" in
other words, he that toiled for the spiritually indispensable.
At all times respect the character and philanthropy of
the better class of M.D.'s - and if you are stoned from
the pulpit, say in your heart as the devout St. Stephen said:
"Lord, lay not this sin to their charge."
When invited to a feast you naturally ask who are to be
the guests. And being told they are distinguished individuals,
you prepare accordingly for the festivity. Putting
aside the old garment, you purchase, at whatever price, a
new one that is up to date. To-day you have come to a
sumptuous feast, to one that for many years has been awaiting
you. The guests are distinguished above human title
and this feast is a Passover. To sit at this table of their
Lord and partake of what divine Love hath prepared for
them, Christian Scientists start forward with true
ambition. The Passover, spiritually discerned, is a wonderful
passage over a tear-filled sea of repentance - which of
all human experience is the most divine; and after this
Passover cometh victory, faith, and good works.
When a supercilious consciousness that saith "there is
no sin," has awakened to see through sin's disguise the
claim of sin, and thence to see that sin has no claim, it
yields to sharp conviction - it sits in sackcloth - it waits
in the desert - and fasts in the wilderness. But all this
time divine Love has been preparing a feast for this
awakened consciousness. To-day you have come to Love's
feast, and you kneel at its altar. May you have on a wedding
garment new and old, and the touch of the hem of
this garment heal the sick and the sinner!
In the words of St. John, may the angel of The Mother
Church write of this church: "Thou hast not left thy first
love, I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith,
and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more
than the first."
Watch! till the storms are o'er -
The cold blasts done,
The reign of heaven begun,
And love, the evermore.