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[Boston Globe, November 29, 1900]

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE THANKS – 2 

     It signifies that the Science of Christianity has dawned upon human thought to appear full-­orbed in millennial glory; that scientific religion and scientific therapeutics are improving the morals and increasing the longevity of mankind, are mitigating and destroying sin, disease, and death; that religion and materia medica should be no longer tyrannical and proscriptive; that divine Love, impartial and universal, as understood in divine Science, forms the coincidence of the human and divine, which fulfils the saying of our great Master, “The kingdom of God is within you;” that the atmosphere of the human mind, when cleansed of self and permeated with divine Love, will reflect this purified subjective state in clearer skies, less thunderbolts, tornadoes, and extremes of heat and cold; that agriculture, manufacture, commerce, and wealth should be governed by honesty, industry, and justice, reaching out to all classes and peoples. For these signs of the times we thank our Father-Mother God.   (Eddy, Mary Baker, The First Church Of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, p. 265:14-32)

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THANKSGIVING DAY, 1904 

     Beloved Students: – May this, your first Thanksgiving Day, according to time-tables, in our new church edifice, be one acceptable in His sight, and full of love, peace, and good will for yourselves, your flock, and the race. Give to all the dear ones my love, and my prayer for their health, happiness, and holiness this and every day.   (Eddy, Mary Baker, The First Church Of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, p.167:14-21)

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Thanksgiving Day – 2 

     And the baby! Why, he made a big hole, with two incisors, in a big pippin, and bit the finger presumptuously poked into the little mouth to arrest the peel! Then he was caught walking! one, two, three steps, – and papa knew that he could walk, but grandpa was taken napping. Now! baby has tumbled, soft as thistle-down, on the floor; and instead of a real set-to at crying, a look of cheer and a toy from mamma bring the soft little palms patting together, and pucker the rosebud mouth into saying, “Oh, pretty!” That was a scientific baby; and his first sitting-at-table on Thanksgiving Day – yes, and his little rainbowy life – brought sunshine to every heart. How many homes echo such tones of heartfelt joy on Thanksgiving Day! But, alas! for the desolate home; for the tear-filled eyes looking longingly at the portal through which the loved one comes not, or gazing silently on the vacant seat at fireside and board – God comfort them all! we inwardly prayed – but the memory was too much; and, turning from it, in a bumper of pudding-sauce we drank to peace, and plenty, and happy households.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, p.231:16-4)

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Thanksgiving Day – 1 

     It was a beautiful group! needing but canvas and the touch of an artist to render it pathetic, tender, gorgeous. Age, on whose hoary head the almond-blossom formed a crown of glory; middle age, in smiles and the full fruition of happiness; infancy, exuberant with joy, – ranged side by side. The sober-suited grandmother, rich in experience, had seen sunshine and shadow fall upon ninety-six years. Four generations sat at that dinner-table. The rich viands made busy many appetites; but, what of the poor! Willingly – though I take no stock in spirit-rappings­ would I have had the table give a spiritual groan for the unfeasted ones.

     Under the skilful carving of the generous host, the mammoth turkey grew beautifully less. His was the glory to vie with guests in the dexterous use of knife and fork, until delicious pie, pudding, and fruit caused unconditional surrender.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, p.230:26-15)

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OUR NATIONAL THANKSGIVING HYMN

God of the rolling year! to Thee we raise

A nation’s holiest hymn in grateful praise!

Plenty and peace abound at Thy behest,

Yet wherefore this Thy love? Thou knowest best!

Thou who, impartial, blessings spreadst abroad,

Thou wisdom, Love, and Truth, – divinely God!

Who giveth joy and tears, conflict and rest,

Teaching us thus of Thee, who knowest best!

Ruler Supreme! to Thee we’ll meekly bow,

When we have learned of Truth what Thou doest now –

Why from this festive hour some dear lost guest

Bears hence its sunlit glow – Thou knowest best!

How have our honored dead fought on in gloom!

Peace her white wings will spread over their tomb;

Why waited their reward, triumph and rest,

Till molds the hero form? Thou knowest best!

Shades of our heroes! the Union now is one,

The star whose destiny none may outrun;

Tears of the bleeding slave poured on her breast,

When to be wiped away, Thou knowest best!

Thou who in the Christ hallowed its grief, –

0 meekest of mourners, while yet the chief, ­

Give to the pleading hearts comfort and rest,

In that benediction which knoweth best!   (Eddy, Mary Baker, Poems, p. 77:1-78:16)

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God sees in man the perfect reflection of Himself.  God’s thoughts of us are unchanging.  To help ourselves or others, we must think God’s thoughts after Him.  Cast aside sense testimony, accepting only the spiritual facts.  Mary Baker Eddy     (Oakes, Richard, Course In Divinity and General Collectanea, p.264)

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BEFORE – 23

Examine yourselves, and see what, and how much, sin claims of you; and how much of this claim you admit as valid, or comply with. The knowledge of evil that brings on repentance is the most hopeful stage of mortal mentality. Even a mild mistake must be seen as a mistake, in order to be corrected; how much more, then, should one’s sins be seen and repented of, before they can be reduced to their native nothingness!  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, p.109:8)

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BEFORE – 22

Three cardinal points must be gained before poor humanity is regenerated and Christian Science is demonstrated: (1) A proper sense of sin; (2) repentance; (3) the understanding of good. Evil is a negation: it never started with time, and it cannot keep pace with eternity. Mortals’ false senses pass through three states and stages of human consciousness before yielding error. The deluded sense must first be shown its falsity through a knowledge of evil as evil, so-called. Without a sense of one’s oft-repeated violations of divine law, the individual may become morally blind, and this deplorable mental state is moral idiocy. The lack of seeing one’s deformed mentality, and of repentance therefor, deep, never to be repented of, is retarding, and in certain morbid instances stopping, the growth of Christian Scientists. Without a knowledge of his sins, and repentance so severe that it destroys them, no person is or can be a Christian Scientist.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, p.107:14)