(PART II) - MISCELLANY
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

ADDRESS TO THE CONCORD CHURCH, FEBRUARY, 1899
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ADDRESS TO THE CONCORD CHURCH, FEBRUARY, 1899



   My Beloved Brethren: - In the annals of our denomination
this church becomes historic, having completed
its organization February 22 - Washington's birthday.
Memorable date, all unthought of till the day had passed!
Then we beheld the omen, - religious liberty, - the
Father of the universe and the father of our nation in
concurrence.
   To-day, with the large membership of seventy-four communicants,
you have met to praise God.  I, as usual at
home and alone, am with you in spirit, joining in your
rejoicing, and my heart is asking:  What are the angels saying
or singing of this dear little flock, and what is each
heart in this house repeating, and what is being recorded
of this meeting as with the pen of an angel?
   Bear in mind always that Christianity is not alone a
gift, but that it is a growth Christward; it is not a creed
or dogma, - a philosophical phantasm, - nor the opinions
of a sect struggling to gain power over contending sects
and scourging the sect in advance of it.  Christianity is
the summons of divine Love for man to be Christlike -
to emulate the words and the works of our great Master.

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To attain to these works, men must know somewhat of
the divine Principle of Jesus' life-work, and must prove
their knowledge by doing as he bade: "Go, and do thou
likewise."
   We know Principle only through Science.  The Principle
of Christ is divine Love, resistless Life and Truth.
Then the Science of the Principle must be Christlike,
or Christian Science.  More than regal is the majesty
of the meekness of the Christ-principle; and its might is
the ever-flowing tides of truth that sweep the universe,
create and govern it; and its radiant stores of knowledge
are the mysteries of exhaustless being.  Seek ye
these till you make their treasures yours.
   When a young man vainly boasted, "I am wise, for I
have conversed with many wise men," Epictetus made
answer, "And I with many rich men, but I am not rich."
The richest blessings are obtained by labor.  A vessel
full must be emptied before it can be refilled.  Lawyers
may know too much of human law to have a clear perception
of divine justice, and divines be too deeply read
in scholastic theology to appreciate or to demonstrate
Christian charity.  Losing the comprehensive in the
technical, the Principle in its accessories, cause in effect,
and faith in sight, we lose the Science of Christianity, -
a predicament quite like that of the man who could not
see London for its houses.
   Clouds parsimonious of rain, that swing in the sky with
dumb thunderbolts, are seen and forgotten in the same
hour; while those with a mighty rush, which waken the
stagnant waters and solicit every root and every leaf with
the treasures of rain, ask no praising.  Remember, thou
canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe,

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where Love has not been before thee and where its tender
lesson is not awaiting thee.  Therefore despair not nor
murmur, for that which seeketh to save, to heal, and to
deliver, will guide thee, if thou seekest this guidance.
   Pliny gives the following description of the character of
true greatness: "Doing what deserves to be written, and
writing what deserves to be read; and rendering the world
happier and better for having lived in it."  Strive thou
for the joy and crown of such a pilgrimage - the service
of such a mission.
   A heart touched and hallowed by one chord of Christian
Science, can accomplish the full scale; but this heart must

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