(PART II) - MISCELLANY
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

CHAPTER IX: Letters to Branch Churches
page 673


sallies may help us, not to a start, but to a tenure of
unprecarious joy.  Rich hope have I in him who says in
his heart: -

       I will listen for Thy voice,
         Lest my footsteps stray;
       I will follow and rejoice
         All the rugged way.


SECOND CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
NEW YORK, N. Y.

   Beloved Brethren: - Please accept a line from me in lieu
of my presence on the auspicious occasion of the opening
of your new church edifice.  Hope springs exultant


MY 202


on this blest morn.  May its white wings overshadow this
white temple and soar above it, pointing the path from
earth to heaven - from human ambition, fear, or distrust
to the faith, meekness, and might of him who hallowed
this Easter morn.
   Now may his salvation draw near, for the night is far
spent and the day is at hand.  In the words of St. Paul:
"Render therefore to all their dues:  tribute to whom
tribute is due; custom to whom custom; . . . honor to
whom honor.  Owe no man any thing, but to love one
another:  for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the
law."
   May the benediction of "Well done, good and faithful,"
rest worthily on the builders of this beautiful temple, and
the glory of the resurrection morn burst upon the spiritual
sense of this people with renewed vision, infinite meanings,
endless hopes, and glad victories in the onward and
upward chain of being.


FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
OAKLAND, CAL.

   Beloved Brethren: - I thank you for the words of cheer
and love in your letter.  The taper unseen in sunlight
cheers the darkness.  My work is reflected light, - a
drop from His ocean of love, from the underived glory,
the divine Esse.  From the dear tone of your letter,
you must be bringing your sheaves into the
storehouse.  Press on.  The way is narrow at first, but it
expands as we walk in it.  "Herein is my Father glorified,
that ye bear much fruit."  God bless this vine of
His planting.



MY 203


FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
WASHINGTON, D. C.

   Beloved Brethren: - I have nothing new to communicate;
all is in your textbooks.  Pray aright and demonstrate
your prayer; sing in faith.  Know that religion
should be distinct in our consciousness and life, but not
clamorous for worldly distinction.  Church laws which
are obeyed without mutiny are God's laws.  Goodness
and philanthropy begin with work and never stop working.
All that is worth reckoning is what we do, and the best of
everything is not too good, but is economy and riches.
Be great not as a grand obelisk, nor by setting up to be
great, - only as good.  A spiritual hero is a mark for
gamesters, but he is unutterably valiant, the summary of
suffering here and of heaven hereafter.  Our thoughts
beget our actions; they make us what we are.  Dishonesty
is a mental malady which kills its possessor; it
is a sure precursor that its possessor is mortal.  A deep
sincerity is sure of success, for God takes care of it.  God
bless this dear church, and I am sure that He will if it is
ready for the blessing.


FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
LONDON, ENGLAND

   Beloved Students: - You have laid the corner-stone of
your church edifice impressively, and buried immortal
truths in the bosom of earth safe from all chance of being
challenged.

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