(PART 1) - The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

CHAPTER II: The Extension of The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist:
page 555


that this land has been paid for.  The location is, therefore,
determined.  The size of the building was decided
last June, but there still remained for definite decision
the amount to be expended and the date for commencing
building operations.  The pledge of the annual
meeting was "any portion of two million dollars that


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may be necessary for this purpose," and this of course
carried the implication that work should be commenced
as soon as the money in hand justified the letting of
contracts.
   The spontaneous and liberal donations which enabled
those having the work in charge to secure the large
parcel of land adjoining The Mother Church, gives
promise of the speedy accumulation of a sum sufficient
to justify the decision of these remaining problems.
Each person interested must remember, however, that
his individual desires, both as to the amount to be
expended and the date of commencing work, will be best
evidenced by the liberality and promptness of his own
contribution.


rs. Eddy in Christian Science Sentinel, May 30, 1903]
NOW AND THEN

   This was an emphatic rule of St. Paul: "Behold, now
is the accepted time."  A lost opportunity is the greatest
of losses.  Whittier mourned it as what "might
have been."  We own no past, no future, we possess
only now.  If the reliable now is carelessly lost in
speaking or in acting, it comes not back again.  Whatever
needs to be done which cannot be done now,
God prepares the way for doing; while that which can
be done now, but is not, increases our indebtedness to
God.  Faith in divine Love supplies the ever-present
help and now, and gives the power to "act in the living
present."
   The dear children's good deeds are gems in the settings
of manhood and womanhood.  The good they desire to

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do, they insist upon doing now.  They speculate neither
on the past, present, nor future, but, taking no thought
for the morrow, act in God's time.
   A book by Benjamin Wills Newton, called "Thoughts
on the Apocalypse," published in London, England, in
1853, was presented to me in 1903 by Mr. Marcus
Holmes.  This was the first that I had even heard of
it.  When scanning its interesting pages, my attention
was arrested by the following: "The church at Jerusalem,
like a sun in the centre of its system, had other churches,
like so many planets, revolving around it.  It was
strictly a mother and a ruling church."  According to
his description, the church of Jerusalem seems to prefigure
The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, in
Boston.
   I understand that the members of The Mother Church,
out of loving hearts, pledged to this church in Boston
any part of two millions of money with which to build
an ample temple dedicate to God, to Him "who forgiveth
all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee
with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth
thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed
like the eagle's," - to build a temple the spiritual spire
of which will reach the stars with divine overtures, holy
harmony, reverberating through all cycles of systems and
spheres.
   Because Christian Scientists virtually pledged this
munificent sum not only to my church but to Him who
returns it unto them after many days, their loving giving
has been blessed.  It has crystallized into a foundation
for our temple, and it will continue to "prosper in the

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thing whereto od, Spirit] sent it."  In the now they

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