FROM LETTER TO JAMES NEAL – JAN 1897 – Pray daily, never miss praying, no matter how often: “Lead me not into temptation,” – scientifically rendered, – Lead me not to lose sight of strict purity, clean pure thoughts; let all my thoughts and aims be high, unselfish, charitable, meek, spiritually minded. With this altitude of thought your mind is losing materiality and gaining spirituality and is the state of mind that heals the sick. Mary Baker Eddy (Peel, Robert, MBE: Years of Authority, p.101)
VOICES OF SPRING – 12
Midst the falling leaves of old-time faiths, above the frozen crust of creed and dogma, the divine Mind-force, filling all space and having all power, upheaves the earth. In sacred solitude divine Science evolved nature as thought, and thought as things. This supreme potential Principle reigns in the realm of the real, and is “God with us,” the I AM. (Eddy, Mary Baker, Misc Writ 331:22-28)
VOICES OF SPRING – 11
When the white-winged dove feeds her callow brood, nestles them under her wings, and, in tones tremulous with tenderness, calls them to her breast, do mortals remember their cradle hymns, and thank God for those redemptive words from a mother’s lips which taught them the Lord’s Prayer?
O gentle presence, peace and joy and power; O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour; Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltering flight! Keep Thou my child on upward wing to-night.
ARGUMENT – It is a shield to mentally remind yourself daily that God is the only Law-Maker for man, morally, spiritually and physically. Mary Baker Eddy
(Carpenter, Gilbert, Watches, Prayers and Arguments, p.31)
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When downtrodden like the grass, did it make them humble, loving, obedient, full of good odor, and cause them to wait patiently on God for man’s rich heritage, — “dominion over all the earth”? Thus abiding in Truth, the warmth and sunlight of prayer and praise and understanding will ripen the fruits of Spirit, and goodness will have its springtide of freedom and greatness. (Eddy, Mary Baker, Misc Writ 330:4-11)
ARGUMENT – Study the Bible constantly, daily, and, dear one, pray. Ask the divine Love every day to give you all that the Lord’s Prayer inculcates. Go alone by yourself one half hour every morning and ask God, good, “Thy kingdom come,” ask to establish the reign of honesty, peace, and purity in your consciousness and to overthrow and cast out all that is unlike the Christ, Love. Ask to forgive those that wrong you even as God forgives you, and see how this must be for you to reflect God. Ask for deliverance from temptation, ask for patience, meekness, peace, and so may the grace of God be with you. Mary Baker Eddy (Carpenter, Gilbert, Watches, Prayers and Arguments, p.76)
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When gentle violet lifts its blue eye to heaven, and crown imperial unveils its regal splendor to the sun; when the modest grass, inhabiting the whole earth, stoops meekly before the blast; when the patient corn waits on the elements to put forth its slender blade, construct the stalk, instruct the ear, and crown the full corn in the ear, — then, are mortals looking up, waiting on God, and committing their way unto Him who tosses earth’s mass of wonders into their hands? (Eddy, Mary Baker, Misc Writ 330:28-4)
ARGUMENT – The camp of a defeated enemy is always completely destroyed. We must destroy in our daily consciousness the motives and desires which feed mortal mind. Mary Baker Eddy (Carpenter, Gilbert, Watches, Prayers and Arguments, p.64)