*Message for 1902
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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loves as Jesus loved.  It is a false sense of love that, like
the summer brook, soon gets dry.  Jesus laid down his life
for mankind; what more could he do?  Beloved, how much
of what he did are we doing?  Yet he said, "The works
that I do shall he do."  When this prophecy of the great
Teacher is fulfilled we shall have more effective healers and
less theorizing; faith without proof loses its life, and it
should be buried.  The ignoble conduct of his disciples
towards their Master, showing their unfitness to follow
him, ended in the downfall of genuine Christianity, about
the year 325, and the violent death of all his disciples save
   The nature of Jesus made him keenly alive to the

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injustice, ingratitude, treachery, and brutality that he
received.  Yet behold his love!  So soon as he burst the
bonds of the tomb he hastened to console his unfaithful
followers and to disarm their fears.  Again:  True to his
divine nature, he rebuked them on the eve of his ascension,
called one a "fool" - then, lifting up his hands and blessing
them, he rose from earth to heaven.
   The Christian Scientist cherishes no resentment; he
knows that that would harm him more than all the malice
of his foes.  Brethren, even as Jesus forgave, forgive thou.
I say it with joy, - no person can commit an offense
against me that I cannot forgive.  Meekness is the armor
of a Christian, his shield and his buckler.  He entertains
angels who listens to the lispings of repentance seen in a
tear - happier than the conqueror of a world.  To the
burdened and weary, Jesus saith: "Come unto me."
O glorious hope! there remaineth a rest for the righteous,
a rest in Christ, a peace in Love.  The thought of it stills
complaint; the heaving surf of life's troubled sea foams
itself away, and underneath is a deep-settled calm.
   Are earth's pleasures, its ties and its treasures, taken
away from you?  It is divine Love that doeth it, and
sayeth, "Ye have need of all these things."  A danger
besets thy path? - a spiritual behest, in reversion, awaits
   The great Master triumphed in furnace fires.  Then,
Christian Scientists, trust, and trusting, you will find divine
Science glorifies the cross and crowns the association with
our Saviour in his life of love.  There is no redundant
drop in the cup that our Father permits us.  Christ

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walketh over the wave; on the ocean of events, mounting
the billow or going down into the deep, the voice of him
who stilled the tempest saith, "It is I; be not afraid."
Thus he bringeth us into the desired haven, the kingdom
of Spirit; and the hues of heaven, tipping the dawn of
everlasting day, joyfully whisper, "No drunkards within,
no sorrow, no pain; and the glory of earth's woes is risen
upon you, rewarding, satisfying, glorifying thy unfaltering
faith and good works with the fulness of divine Love."

       'T was God who gave that word of might
         Which swelled creation's lay, -
       "Let there be light, and there was light," -
         That swept the clouds away;
       'T was Love whose finger traced aloud
         bow of promise on the cloud.

   Beloved brethren, are you ready to join me in this proposition,
namely, in 1902 to begin omitting our annual
gathering at Pleasant View, - thus breaking any seeming
connection between the sacrament in our church and a
pilgrimage to Concord?I shall be the loser by this change,

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