Books by Mary Baker Eddy

CHAPTER VIII: Dedicatory Messsages to Branch Churches
page 670

your works, guide and guard you and your church
through the depths; and may you

       "Who stood the storm when seas were rough,
        Ne'er in a sunny hour fall off."

MY 195


   Beloved Brethren: - You will pardon my delay in
acknowledging your card of invitation to the dedicatory
services of your church.  Adverse circumstances, loss of
help, new problems to be worked out for the field, etc.,
have hitherto prevented my reply.  However, it is never
too late to repent, to love more, to work more, to watch
and pray; but those privileges I have not had time to
express, and so have submitted to necessity, letting the
deep love which I cherished for you be hidden under an
appearance of indifference.
   We must resign with good grace what we are denied, and
press on with what we are, for we cannot do more than we
are nor understand what is not ripening in us.  To do
good to all because we love all, and to use in God's service
the one talent that we all have, is our only means of
adding to that talent and the best way to silence a deep
discontent with our shortcomings.
   Christian Science is at length learned to be no miserable
piece of ideal legerdemain, by which we poor mortals expect
to live and die, but a deep-drawn breath fresh from
God, by whom and in whom man lives, moves, and has
deathless being.  The praiseworthy success of this church,
and its united efforts to build an edifice in which to worship
the infinite, sprang from the temples erected first in the
hearts of its members - the unselfed love that builds
without hands, eternal in the heaven of Spirit.  God
grant that this unity remain, and that you continue to
build, rebuild, adorn, and fill these spiritual temples with
grace, Truth, Life, and Love.

MY 196


   My Beloved Brethren: - I congratulate you upon erecting
the first edifice of our denomination in the Keystone
State, a State whose metropolis is called the "city of
brotherly love."  May this dear church militant accept
my tender counsel in these words of the Scripture, to be
engrafted in church and State: -
   "Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to
wrath."  "He that is slow to anger is better than the
mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh
a city."  "If any man offend not in word, the same is
a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body."
"By thy words thou shalt be condemned."  "Love thy
neighbor as thyself."
   "Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example,
that e] should follow his steps: . . . who, when he was
reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened
not; but committed himself to Him that judgeth
righteously."  "Consider him that endured such contradiction
of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in
your minds."


   My Beloved Brethren: - The good in being, even the
spiritually indispensable, is your daily bread.  Work and
pray for it.  The poor toil for our bread, and we should
work for their health and holiness.  Over the glaciers of
winter the summer glows.  The beauty of holiness comes

MY 197

with the departure of sin.  Enjoying good things is
not evil, but becoming slaves to pleasure is.  That error
is most forcible which is least distinct to conscience.

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