Sunday April 18th, 2021 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

PRAYER FOR ONESELF — I thank Thee, Father-Mother God, that neither ignorant, fraudulent, nor malicious mortal mind can reach me, affect me mentally, physically, financially, or otherwise; and I know it, for God is the only power; that I am not the victim of aggressive mental suggestion, nor the target of M.A.M. claiming to operate through any channel whatever, but I am the blessed legal child of God, spiritual, immortal, all-harmonious, perfect, happy, healthy, pure, sinless, free, and fearless and diseaseless, and deathless, expressing the substance of all good.

Hold yourself constantly and consciously under God’s eternal law of blessing, of happiness, harmony, health, peace, joy, power, progress, protection, abundance; there is no other law, – only a contrary mortal mind lie which you are awake and alert to, and not under.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 63

Discussion points

402 — WATCH that you realize that you have never been cut off from God, and never can be. Cut flowers soon die, even though they may be preserved for a time in water. If we believe that we have been cut off from God and placed in the water of mortal mind, we will be dogged by the claims of limitation, finiteness and death. The claim of personality, that is used to frighten so many students, is no more than the suggestion that man can be cut off from God and still live. Read Miscellaneous Writings 97: 32.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

The only cause for making this question of personality a point, or of any importance, is that man’s perfect model should be held in mind, whereby to improve his present condition; that his contemplation regarding himself should turn away from inharmony, sickness, and sin, to that which is the image of his Maker.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 97:32

Golden Text — “The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.” — Psalm 34 : 22

The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath.
It is twice blest
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘T is mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown:
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice.

— from The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, Scene I [The quality of mercy is not strained] by William Shakespeare

Article — “Oneness” from Collected Writings by Bicknell Young

Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused,

— Author Unknown

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

— Proverbs 17:22 from the King James Bible

Forum post — “PRESUMPTUOUS – THE GREAT Transgression” by nice.neighborhood

“Retrospection and Introspection”, from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 203

Retrospectio nand Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy2

Chapter 7: Pond and Purpose, from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 203

317 — WATCH lest you become discouraged and feel that your work in sweeping the leaves off your sidewalk has availed nothing, because there is a fresh lot waiting for you the next morning. You are expected to continue your sweeping cheerfully, until the trees have shed all their leaves. The evidence of your problem may appear to be the same day after day; but if you do your work faithfully each day, you have done what God requires of you and the error is handled. If the same evidence appears tomorrow, regard it as a fresh crop of fears, and not the old ones you handled yesterday. Then you will have the faith to work on without discouragement, until the tree of error is bare.

If you shot an enemy that approached your home, and the next day he appeared again, you would conclude that your aim was poor. Let us assume that this continues for one hundred days, until you have lost all faith in your gun, or your ability to aim it. Then one morning no enemy appears. You venture forth only to find one hundred dead men. Each shot reached its mark. Each day the enemy was a new one, but he dressed up in the clothes of the old one, in order to produce discouragement. The Master said, “He that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

“Faith-cure”, from Retrospectio nand Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 203

It is well to know, dear reader, that our material, mortal history is but the record of dreams, not of man’s real existence, and the dream has no place in the Science of being. It is “as a tale that is told,” and “as the shadow when it declineth.” The heavenly intent of earth’s shadows is to chasten the affections, to rebuke human consciousness and turn it gladly from a material, false sense of life and happiness, to spiritual joy and true estimate of being.

— from Retrospection and Introspection, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 21

Seek Truth, and pursue it. It should cost you something: you are willing to pay for error and receive nothing in return; but if you pay the price of Truth, you shall receive all.(Click on link to read full article.)

“Fidelity” Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 203

Final Readings

Love is the liberator.

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