ADDRESS TO THE CONCORD CHURCH, FEBRUARY, 1899
be honest and in earnest and never weary of struggling to
be perfect - to reflect the divine Life, Truth, and Love.
Stand by the limpid lake, sleeping amid willowy banks
dyed with emerald. See therein the mirrored sky and the
moon ablaze with her mild glory. This will stir your
heart. Then, in speechless prayer, ask God to enable you
to reflect God, to become His own image and likeness,
even the calm, clear, radiant reflection of Christ's glory,
healing the sick, bringing the sinner to repentance, and
raising the spiritually dead in trespasses and sins to life
in God. Jesus said: "If ye abide in me, and my words
abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be
done unto you."
Beloved in Christ, what our Master said unto his
disciples, when he sent them forth to heal the sick and
preach the gospel, I say unto you: "Be ye therefore wise
as serpents, and harmless as doves." Then, if the wisdom
you manifest causes Christendom or the disclaimer
against God to call this "a subtle fraud," "let your peace
return to you."
I am patient with the newspaper wares and the
present schoolboy epithets and attacks of a portion of
(1) Because I sympathize with their ignorance of
(2) Because I know that no Christian can or does
understand this Science and not love it:
(3) Because these attacks afford opportunity for explaining
(4) Because it is written: "The wrath of man shall
praise Thee: the remainder of wrath shalt Thou restrain."
Rest assured that the injustice done by press and pulpit
to this denomination of Christians will cease, when it no
longer blesses this denomination. "This I know; for God
is for me" (Psalms). And in the words of St. Paul, "If
God be for us, who can be against us?"
"Pass ye the proud fane by,
The vaulted aisles by flaunting folly trod,
And 'neath the temple of uplifted sky -
Go forth, and worship God."