There is no hurry or rush. There is time for all things. Mary Baker Eddy (Carpenter, Gilbert, Fragments Gathered From Items Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy, p.82)
Once Mrs. Eddy wrote to a student who was trying to force himself to see higher than he had grown, in regard to the immaculate conception., “Now, I charge you, drop this subject from your thought. Think no more of it; let the seed that I have now sown lie still until you are ready for the harvest. Now if you rest, are not stirred on this question, God will clearly show you what I mean in due time.” Mary Baker Eddy (Carpenter, Jr., Gilbert, 500 Watching Points, #343)
The term Mind and body literally means God and man, for man is the expression of Mind, and the manifestation of Mind is the embodiment of Mind — thus the fact that there is but one God. Body is, therefore, the aggregation of spiritual ideas forever governed and controlled by the law of Life, harmonious and eternal. It was never born, never had a claim, never suffered, never sinned, and never left heaven. The understanding of perfect body is the Saviour of the belief of body, for it is the law of recovery to any and every claim of error. Now Truth hammers error. If you stick to error, you get the hammering. Do not give life to error. It cannot live without a body. God knows I live. I am not in the body and the body cannot talk to me. I love everyone and everyone loves me. Only love can come to me or go from me, for God is Love and I manifest this Love. My idea of God is the answer of Him to me and I to them. God is the only Life; Spirit is the only substance; Love is the only law and now is the only time. I have always known that victory is as certain now as it will be a century hence. Mary Baker Eddy (Carpenter, Gilbert, Essays On Christian Science, p.58)
[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)
[Boston Globe, November 29, 1900]
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE THANKS – 1
On the threshold of the twentieth century, will you please send through the Globe to the people of New England, which is the birthplace of Thanksgiving Day, a sentiment on what the last Thanksgiving Day of the nineteenth century should signify to all mankind?
Mrs. Eddy’s Response
New England’s last Thanksgiving Day of this century signifies to the minds of men the Bible better understood and Truth and Love made more practical; the First Commandment of the Decalogue more imperative, and “Love thy neighbor as thyself” more possible and pleasurable.
It signifies that love, unselfed, knocks more loudly than ever before at the heart of humanity and that it finds admittance; that revelation, spiritual voice and vision, are less subordinate to material sight and sound and more apparent to reason; that evil flourishes less, invests less in trusts, loses capital, and is bought at par value; that the Christ-spirit will cleanse the earth of human gore; that civilization, peace between nations, and the brotherhood of man should be established, and justice plead not vainly in behalf of the sacred rights of individuals, peoples, and nations. (Eddy, Mary Baker, The First Church Of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, p. 264:7-265:13)
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)
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)
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)