(PART II) - MISCELLANY
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

MESSAGE ON THE OCCASION OF THE DEDICATION OF MRS. EDDY'S GIFT, JULY 17, 1904
page 646


Hence these words of Christ Jesus: "Depart from me, all
ye workers of iniquity.  There shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and
Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of
God, and you yourselves thrust out."  (Luke 13 : 27, 28.)
He who gains self-knowledge, self-control, and the kingdom
of heaven within himself, within his own consciousness,
is saved through Christ, Truth.  Mortals must
drink sufficiently of the cup of their Lord and Master
to unself mortality and to destroy its erroneous claims.
Therefore, said Jesus, "Ye shall drink indeed of my
cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am
baptized with."
   We cannot boast ourselves of to-morrow; sufficient unto
each day is the duty thereof.  Lest human reason becloud
spiritual understanding, say not in thy heart:  Sickness is
possible because one's thought and conduct do not afford
a sufficient defence against it.  Trust in God, and "He
shall direct thy paths."  When evil was avenging itself on
its destroyer, his preeminent goodness, the Godlike man
said, "My burden is light."  Only he who learns through
meekness and love the falsity of supposititious life and
intelligence in matter, can triumph over their ultimatum,
sin, suffering, and death.


MY 162


   God's mercy for mortal ignorance and need is assured;
then who shall question our want of more faith in His
"very present help in trouble"?  Jesus said: "Suffer
it to be so now:  for thus it becometh us to fulfil all
righteousness."
   Strength is in man, not in muscles; unity and power are
not in atom or in dust.  A small group of wise thinkers
is better than a wilderness of dullards and stronger than
the might of empires.  Unity is spiritual cooperation,
heart to heart, the bond of blessedness such as my beloved
Christian Scientists all over the field, and the dear Sunday
School children, have demonstrated in gifts to me
of about eighty thousand dollars, to be applied to building,
embellishing, and furnishing our church edifice in
Concord, N. H.
   We read in Holy Writ: "This man began to build, and
was not able to finish."  This was spoken derisively.
But the love that rebukes praises also, and methinks the
same wisdom which spake thus in olden time would say
to the builder of the Christian Scientists' church edifice
in Concord: "Well done, good and faithful."  Our proper
reason for church edifices is, that in them Christians may
worship God, - not that Christians may worship church
edifices!
   May the loving Shepherd of this feeble flock lead it
gently into "green pastures . . . beside the still waters."
May He increase its members, and may their faith never
falter - their faith in and their understanding of divine
Love.  This church, born in my nativity, may it build
upon the rock of ages against which the waves and winds
beat in vain.  May the towering top of its goodly temple
- burdened with beauty, pointing to the heavens, bursting

MY 163


into the rapture of song - long call the worshipper to
seek the haven of hope, the heaven of Soul, the sweet sense
of angelic song chiming chaste challenge to praise him who
won the way and taught mankind to win through meekness
to might, goodness to grandeur, - from cross to crown,
from sense to Soul, from gleam to glory, from matter to
Spirit.



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