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Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

for Sunday, January 8, 2017

by Rick Stewart, CS, Dresden, Germany
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For the last week or so I have been doing some internet research on the term, Sacrament. I wanted a deeper understanding of what the term means and where it originated, especially since it does not appear in the Bible. What I read was interesting and certainly gave me some perspective on the general view of sacrament in various Christian churches.

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “In ancient Rome a soldier was required to swear allegiance to his general. The Latin word for this oath was sacramentum, and our English word sacrament is derived from it.” SH 32:3-6 She explores this topic deeply on pages 32 – 35 in Science and Health, some of which is included in several sections of this week’s lesson.

Historically, the word ‘sacrament’ developed from the Greek word ‘mysterion’ and the Latin word ‘sacramentum’. ‘Mysterion’ means ‘something hidden or secret’, like our word ‘mystery’. Reference to the “sacraments” was not present in the very early Christian church, it developed. In the Acts of the Apostles we read of baptism and the breaking of bread, like in Acts 2: 38, 41,42.. These events were simply called by their names. And then it seems in the third century that the word, “mysterion” appeared. At that time pagans used mysterion to describe rites of initiation and it appears it started to be used to describe Christian rites also. In particular a Christian theologian from the third century, Tertullian, began to use a Latin word, the word, sacramentum, to describe these ceremonies, maybe to keep down any confusion with pagan rites. Although originally descriptive of a Roman soldier’s initiation and pledge of allegiance, the term eventually began to be more and more associated with rites performed in the Christian churches!

Although not endorsing the websites below, each lends an interesting perspective to the development of the word, sacrament.

The Christian Sacrament – Page 37 – Google Books Result

Catholics are taught that a sacrament is: “An outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace.” This is a phrase that goes back to St. Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo in North Africa. He lived from 354-430. But, there are lots of “outward and visible signs” of “inward and invisible grace” that are not sacraments, for example the blessing at the end of a church service. The debates about which ceremonies were considered sacraments were settled somewhat in the Roman Catholic church at the Council of Trent held between 1545-1563. The Roman Catholic church settled on: Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, the Eucharist, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Marriage. In the Eastern Orthodox churches there are even more. And after the Protestant Reformation beginning in 1517, the Protestant church settled on two sacraments, Baptism and the Eucharist.

So you see neither the Bible nor Christ Jesus ever refers to Sacrament or the sacraments. And after you dig into this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson you are guaranteed a much deeper spiritual understanding what this term means in our practice of Christ Jesus’ teachings. And when the First Reader invites those who would like to kneel in silent prayer and to join in the audible repetition of the Lord’s Prayer, you will have a little more solid understanding of what you will be doing in that time.

If you want to know what “Sacrament” means in the Christian Science church dig into this Bible Lesson and you are going to have a pretty good insight, a firm foundation, a spiritual understanding that will definitely be manifest in a loving and powerful outward manifestation!

The Golden Text comes from the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Christian Church in the city of Corinth. Corinth is a bustling Roman trading center with ports on two different seas or bays in what is now Greece. The church that Paul helped found was made up of mostly Greek gentiles. So many of them were coming to the Gospel that Paul preached, not from a Jewish background, but what we might call a pagan background. It is thought that the size of the church was between 40 and 120 people. In a city of perhaps 90,000 people it might seem small, but its influence down the ages has been tremendous.

This letter to the Corinthians is preceding Paul’s third visit with them. A good portion of chapter 13 Paul uses to really waken and stir the church. And it seems he wants to get his message of correction and waking to the church before he gets there. Even though Paul has been tough in his letter he closes with a blessing and assurance that is our Golden Text.

Golden Text II Corinthians 13:14 (to 1st .) “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.”

From The Message (MSG) translation, “The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.”

As we respond to this Golden Text (GT) with our Responsive Reading (RR), we find messages from the Apostle Paul and from the Prophet Isaiah. Paul reminds the Corinthians (and us) that everyone was blessed by the wonders that took place as the Children of Israel journeyed to the Promised Land. And he bridges the time span between the old testament and the new by referencing Christ as being present as the water poured from the rock. I Cor. 10:4, “for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” And then the Prophet Isaiah speaks of a fast that is God in action…to loose the bands of wickedness, undo heavy burdens, set the oppressed free, breaking every yoke, feeding the hungry, and bringing the poor to our house!

As I read I realized how often we are tempted to pray for the Christ to serve us or do something for us. A new home, a job, a companion, health, etc. When in fact it should be the Christ acting in us that inspires us to act in unity with the Christ. And that is what the sacrament is all about that we learn about in this Bible Lesson, the presence of the Christ in our lives that is then manifest outwardly.

A good example of each of the elements in the Response Reading comes from a friend in Hamburg. First he told me of a guest he and his wife hosted over four days during Christmas time. The man was homeless and for four days he had plenty to eat and a chance to get things washed up and in order. At the very same time they hosted a Sudanese man who is learning English with my friends’ wife. In response the Sudanese man was happy to cook a special meal for my friend and his wife. The grace of the Christ certainly was manifest outwardly in their lives!

Section 1: Fast food to inward peace! The Children of Israel eating on the go.

Section 1 begins with “the beauty of holiness” (B1), a beautiful phrase from Psalms that I find a sweet evidence of grace. “O sing unto the Lord a new song: O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness:” [B1, Psalms 96:1 (to :), 9 (to :)]

Isn’t a powerful form of worship remembering the holy things God has done for us? As the Children of Israel were asked to remember what the Lord did for them all as they were saved from slavery in Egypt…

“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover. 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial;” [B 2, Exodus 12:1, 3, 8, 11, 14 (to 1st ;)]

The Jewish feast of the Passover is observed in remembrance of that deliverance in Egypt when the Children of Israel were spared. Their bread was prepared without yeast so they did not have to wait for it to rise, and the lamb they ate was cooked quick on the fire. They were to eat, dressed and ready to go out the door. And they were to eat in haste.

This is definitely one case when “fast food” and “eating on the go” are considered praiseworthy and life saving!

This celebration of remembrance and salvation is then further explored in the rest of the citations as we move into the era of Christian celebration and practice. In Science and Health we read of how this celebration of the Children of Israel leads to the remembrance of what Christ Jesus faced as he leads us out of bondage into the freedom of God’s grace.

Citation S4 states “When you approach nearer and nearer to this divine Principle, when you eat the divine body of this Principle, — thus partaking of the nature, or primal elements, of Truth and Love, — do not be surprised nor discontented because you must share the hemlock cup and eat the bitter herbs; for the Israelites of old at the Paschal meal thus prefigured this perilous passage out of bondage into the El Dorado of faith and hope.” (559:23)

Isn’t true worship often remembering the “beauty of holiness” that is manifest in what God has done for all of his children?

Bible Scholar, Cobbey Crisler comments on citation B4 with these insights, “John 4:23, ''’The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.’ Look at the definition of worship. "True worship” is spiritual, not structural, not geographical, not ritualistic. Why? Because worship of God can only properly be done by partaking of God's own nature.” John, the Beloved Disciple by B. Cobbey Crisler]

Section 2: John the Baptist preparing for the reception of Christ’s message.

The individual we know today as John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin. John was born just months before Jesus. And John had a public ministry that was drawing many to him as he called for repentance and baptism. When some actually asked him if he might be the Christ, he humbly acknowledged he was not, he was just preparing thought for the reception of the one coming after him.

In Citation S7 we read, “John the Baptist prophesied the coming of the immaculate Jesus, and John saw in those days the spiritual idea as the Messiah, who would baptize with the Holy Ghost, — divine Science.” (561:32–3)

You might say that John saw the importance of preparing thought for the reception of the Christ. And that was the mission he accepted, calling to those willing to repent, to change their thinking, to open thought to God’s purity.

The following observations from Cobbey Crisler show us how John was seeking to purify and prepare thought for the reception of the saving Christ, the Messiah.

“In Luke 3, Verse 8, he (Luke) said one thing is obviously missing: fruits, "fruits worthy of repentance.” In its Greek original, the word "repentance" means "To change one’s concept." Notice that fruits are the result of this changed state of mind. All that is needed is a changed state of mind and fruits, results, follow.

“One of the key things about Judaism was the reverence given to the bloodline back to Abraham, as if genealogy was the key to salvation. John the Baptist seeing that, says, "Don't say within yourselves, We have this biological link to Abraham, because here is the divine fact, God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham." And then looking squarely at the Pharisees, he says, (Verse 9,) "the axe is laid at the root of the tree.”

“You know what the next move is: the tree is going to come down if it isn't bearing good fruit. That's John the Baptist's message to religions that aren't practical. The axe is already there. In mentioning root he obviously has in mind, too, the definition of biological roots that the Jews have had in tracing their lineage back to Abraham. That is not the basis for salvation.

“Verse 10, “The people say, What shall we do?"
In Verse 11 there’s interesting advice that John the Baptist gives very briefly,

"He that hath two coats, share. He that hath extra food, meat, also, be willing to feel compassion towards your neighbor and share your abundance."

“Verse 12, “Publicans came and said Master, what shall we do?"
(Verse 13), "He said, Don’t exact any more than that which you should."

Verse 14, "Soldiers asked the same." John the Baptist said, "Do violence to no man, don't accuse anyone falsely· be content with your wages."

“Ringing a few familiar notes, John was speaking with such a sense of basic common sense and authority that they asked him if he were the Christ or the Messiah (Verse 15). John makes it quite clear in Verse 16, "No." he says, "I can't even perform a slave-duty to the Messiah." Only a slave unloosed the sandals at someone's feet. Even the rabbinical students did not unloose the sandals of their master or the rabbi. John the Baptist said he was not even worthy to accomplish a slave's job.

“Part of the contrast he draws is in baptism: that he is to "baptize with water.” Here is, once again, Luke’s seventh mention of the term Holy Ghost. “He,” Jesus, “will baptize with the Holy Ghost and with fire."

“Those of you who may have read the commentaries on Matthew will remember Holy Ghost, or wind. Add wind to fire and what do you have? They work together. What kind of baptism is it? Is that a literal wind and fire? The water is literal. But John the Baptist says Jesus is going to be baptizing, cleansing, purifying at a higher level.

“It's meant to be mental, and spirit, of course, is a term that refers to what is mental. "The Holy Spirit and with fire," think of that, then, in mental terms.

“In Verse 17 the ''fan" is part of this mental activity. The fan was not the Madame Butterfly variety. It was a winnowing fork. What did you do with the mixed-up mess of wheat and chaff on the threshing floor? You had to throw it into the air. The wind did the separating. What does the separating in Jesus’ baptism then?”

“The Holy Ghost does the separating of the true from the false. Once again we have an insight into the nature, mission and office of the Holy Ghost: It is to distinguish between right and wrong, to interpret for us.

“We find that John the Baptist sees quite clearly that Jesus' baptism is going to be mental. The Holy Ghost is going to separate good from evil if we are on our mental threshing floors utilizing the fan. (*See PS#1.) That's our responsibility. Then the Holy Ghost's role is to do the separating out from human thinking anything that does not belong or reflect the divine nature.”
Luke the Researcher, by B. Cobbey Crisler, PS#1]

Section 3: Partaking of the life of Christ Jesus, taking up the cross, sharing his mission.

This section centers on significant events in the life of our Master and in their significance to each of us. As we think of what is now called the Last Supper and the trial and crucifixion of Jesus these words of Paul to the Corinthians ring for us also.

B13 | I Corinthians 10:16 “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?“

B14 | I Corinthians 11:28 “let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. “

Eugene Peterson in his Bible translation, The Message, treats the verses above in this way,

“ I assume I’m addressing believers now who are mature. Draw your own conclusions: When we drink the cup of blessing, aren’t we taking into ourselves the blood, the very life, of Christ? And isn’t it the same with the loaf of bread we break and eat? Don’t we take into ourselves the body, the very life, of Christ? Because there is one loaf, our many-ness becomes one-ness—Christ doesn’t become fragmented in us. Rather, we become unified in him. We don’t reduce Christ to what we are; he raises us to what he is. That’s basically what happened even in old Israel—those who ate the sacrifices offered on God’s altar entered into God’s action at the altar.” 1 Cor. 10:15-18 (MSG)

27-28 “ Anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Master irreverently is like part of the crowd that jeered and spit on him at his death. Is that the kind of “remembrance” you want to be part of? Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe.” 1 Corinthians 11:28, The Message (MSG)

In Citation S13 Mrs. Eddy asks, “Christians, are you drinking his cup? Are all who eat bread and drink wine in memory of Jesus willing truly to drink his cup, take his cross, and leave all for the Christ-principle? Then why ascribe this inspiration to a dead rite, instead of showing, by casting out error and making the body “holy, acceptable unto God,” that Truth has come to the understanding?

Section 4: The risen Christ, from sad remembrance to present possibilities.

It must have truly been a sad occasion for the followers of Jesus to contemplate that their Master was gone. We have some references of their actions, but can’t we imagine that some mourned in quiet, wondered, puzzled, searched for answers. Perhaps others returned to old ways of life, to occupations, to paths that were supposed to be forgotten, or like the disciples, some just went fishing. But since they may have forgotten momentarily the call of their Master, guess what, they did not catch anything. No surprise in that. I love these observations of Cobbey Crisler regarding the fishing trip in John 21 (B17) after the resurrection and the morning meal.

“John 21, the last chapter of John, is considered by some scholars to be a later addition, but still, very possibly, by the same author. John 21:1. We're told that Jesus appears at the Sea of Tiberias, which is Galilee. John 21:2, "Already assembled there were seven disciples, all had left the profession of fishing, we thought: Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel, the sons of Zebedee, unnamed here, James and John, and two other of his disciples." John. 21:3. They apparently had nothing to do. Discipleship returns to the fishing boat. "Peter," with his fingers almost audibly drumming against the side of his boat, "says I have an idea. I’m going fishing." Nobody else had any better suggestion. "So they all go fishing. They spent that entire night fruitlessly. The very fishes avoided them.” Isn't it interesting that the Anchor Bible makes this comment on the disciples' profession, "It is notable that never in the gospels do the disciples catch a fish without Jesus’ help." But notice the contrast between Verse 3 and Verse 4.
John 21:3, "That night they caught nothing." John 21:4, "But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore." What patience Jesus had with discipleship! Waiting for them to realize the importance of carrying on his work. But, once again, without that realization, "they did not even recognize Jesus humanly". John 21:5. Jesus asked them an important question. You’ve spent the entire night out there. "Children, do you have any results? Do you have any meat? No is their answer." Now it is obvious when one is fishing using a net that there's very little difference between the right side and the left side. The factor then brought out in John 21:6 must be the obedience to Jesus' word, the concept that he has exhibited throughout in his approach to economics and supply. "Cast the net, "he says, "on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find." They are obedient. They do exactly what Jesus requests of them. Now, instantly, they find their net is filled with fishes. They could have saved themselves that entire night. Then John 21:7 refers once again to "the disciple whom Jesus loved. He recognizes Jesus. It is the Lord, he says." He must have recognized that sign of dominion over all, that mastery that he introduced even into the profession of fishing but was attempting to elevate them from profession to practice of Christianity. What had happened to his invitation to them, and expectation of them, to become fishers of men? Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950), U.S. poet and novelist, says this about the impetuous Peter, "O, Peter, gnarled branch of the vine." Peter throws his fisher's coat around him and plunges into the sea. We must remember that the Sea of Galilee has a shoreline that drops off quickly. So, he probably had to swim part of the way. Traditionally, sailors and fishermen aren’t the best swimmers. But, ignoring that, just as Peter had burst into the tomb to be there first, he casts himself into the sea. John 21:8, "While the other disciples bring the ship ashore. It says they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits, that’s about a hundred yards, dragging the net with fishes." John 21:9. Here's all that time they could have spared by giving priority to the lessons Jesus had already taught them. Jesus hadn't toiled all night. He didn't even have to use the fish that they brought in. "For when they arrived there was a charcoal fire there." In fact, the Greek word is anthrakian which is the root of our word anthracite. "And, fish, already there, laid thereon, and bread " Toast and fish all ready. John 21:10. But Jesus wanted them to participate in this, "and said, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.'' John 21:11, "So, Simon Peter, who was already on shore, goes to the net personally, and pulls it to shore." Who but a fisherman would remember this detail? "There were one hundred fifty three fishes in that net." Someone counted. It might be just the sign of the authenticity of authorship here by an eye-witness. "And still, the net was not broken." Remember, back in Luke 5:6, at another incident, the net broke.
John 21:12, ''Jesus' invitation is to Come and dine. Now they know who he is."
Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler, PS#1

In the early 1980s my listing as a Christian Science Practitioner had just appeared in the Christian Science Journal. I was living in a log cabin, on a ranch in Central Florida near Ocala. My dad, my older brother, Gary, and a close friend, H.B. Howell had spent the night at my cabin with the plans for a fishing trip on the ranch the next day. As we got up for breakfast we all gathered together to read the Christian Science Bible Lesson together. Although I had given H.B. a copy of Science and Health, it was his first time to read the Bible Lesson. It was a very special atmosphere with the four of us together outside of my cabin in the early morning light.

When we finished we headed for the spring fed river that was about ½ mile from my cabin. My dad and I were in one canoe and Gary and H.B. in another. We actually did not see each other until later in the day as we returned to the cabin. H.B. was grinning from ear to ear as he saw me. He proudly said, “That’s the way to go fishing. Read your Bible Lesson first. Rick we caught 26 bass! I have never had a better fishing trip in my life.”

Well, I do believe in success in everything and that this success grows from starting each activity with the Christ. We can make every activity a holy activity of communing with the Christ. It is a form of communion with our Master in daily life. And it leaves a lasting impression with those who are touched by this form of Christly activity in daily life.

Remember I told you that H.B. already had his own copy of Science and Health that he had received when he visited our church in Ocala. So when he was given a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, he was ready to look upwards for his salvation. He called me with a simple request, “Rick could you pray for me?” I agreed and he read his copy of the textbook and I prayed. And guess what, just like the fishing trip, start with Christ and your success is assured. H.B. was healed. It very well could be that his witnessing of putting God first in all things had led not only to his readiness for a successful fishing trip, but also a successful healing adventure.

Section 5: The healing Christ, a sacrament that heals today.

James and Paul write of a church that is alive and active in its practical ministries. God’s love without limits, uniting us with the Christ. Time is no barrier when we are open and receptive to change our concepts as John the Baptist encouraged.

Bible citations from the Lesson clearly reinforce this message.
B19 | James 5:14 (to ;), 15 “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”

B 20 | Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

B21 | Ephesians 3:20, 21 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

This practical communion with Christ rings through every page of the Bible and our textbook, Science and Health. As Mrs. Eddy writes in citation S24, “It is the living Christ, the practical Truth, which makes Jesus “the resurrection and the life” to all who follow him in deed. Obeying his precious precepts, — following his demonstration so far as we apprehend it, — we drink of his cup, partake of his bread, are baptized with his purity; and at last we shall rest, sit down with him, in a full understanding of the divine Principle which triumphs over death.” (31:14–22)

I love the way many individuals have found their way to the healing power of the Christ through Christian Science and our textbook. One stellar Christian Science practitioner, Doris Henty and her family have healing stories that relate to this week's first Bible citation, "O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness:” (B1, Psalms 96:9)

Here's the link in the rest of the inspiring story of the life of Doris Dufour Henty. Doris was a Christian Science Practitioner in England. When her family was first introduced to Christian Science many of them were extremely sick and Doris was not expected to live very long. When the book, Science and Health, found her family it changed their lives forever. After this transformation Doris dedicated herself to the healing ministry of Christian Science. I here share an excerpt from the Foreword of the book that has compiled many of Doris’ talks and articles. Mrs. Henty's book is published by Mulberry Press, Carmel California.

From Addresses and Other Writings on Christian Science of Doris Dufour Henty C.S:
Foreword to the book, written by Doris Henty’s sister.

"It must have been about the year 1910 that Christian Science was first introduced to our family; I know Mother was disappointed that she had just missed seeing Mrs. Eddy. Certainly no family could have been more in need of the truth. Our home was a "hospital ship." We had never known what it was to see Mother well. She had no strength; her days were spent lying on a couch and no medicines had helped. My brother Ronald had consumption—it was hereditary— and it was thought a miracle that he had reached the age of fourteen, even though he had not been able to attend school. My father suffered from liver complaint and periodic attacks of migraine. And my sister Doris—Doll, as we called her—was a shocking sight. She had had multiple operations on her face and head for carious bones. Her face was constantly bandaged, and a nurse was in attendance to do this. One side of her face was paralyzed; her mouth was at an angle and one eye was shut. The surgeons said they could do no more for her as the facial nerve was severed, but they offered the scant comfort that, before long, she would know no more as the disease would reach her brain.

“One day a friend came to see my father at the mill which he ran. To the question "How are you?" my father replied as usual, "Just fair." On hearing this, the friend asked if he could tell my father about his "faith," which had changed his life. My father agreed with some reluctance, as he held office in the Wesleyan church, and he learned that his friend's faith was Christian Science. The friend lent my father a copy of Mrs. Eddy's book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, setting a time limit of two weeks for its return. However, when my father got home with it, Mother said, "We don't want any of those newfangled ideas," and the book was put on the piano, where it remained unopened until it was returned a fortnight later. I can see it there to this day!

“A little later my father visited Manchester; and, feeling he had perhaps been a little discourteous about the book, he went to a Christian Science Reading Room and purchased a copy of Science and Health. One day shortly after that, Mother was feeling particularly weak. She had been reading the Bible and then turned to Science and Health, and her eyes fell on the words (page 135), "There is today danger of repeating the offence of the Jews by limiting the Holy One of Israel and asking: `Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?´ What cannot God do?" She jumped up, went into the kitchen, and started giving orders. My father returned home for lunch, saw Mother was up and about, and asked what had happened. Mother answered, using a Yorkshire expression, "I've been reading the book: I feel made over again." Father said, "Do be careful." But Mother replied, "I know what I am doing. I'm all right."

Shortly after that, Mother went into the schoolroom and said to Ronald and Doll, "There's no need to be ill any more. I have found a book that tells us that Life is spelt with a capital L, and what we thought was life was just a mistake. I wish I had known about this before." Ronald began to improve at once and soon attended school. He had a long and active life before he passed on at the age of ninety years. My mother said to Doll, "Now we have heard of Christian Science, we shall not take you to Manchester (where the specialist was) anymore." Nor were there any more bandages.

My parents began to attend church services some miles away. One day, my father had a severe attack of migraine and retired to bed. My mother read Science and Health for a short time and then went to him and said, "Get up: you are healed!" He was. Doris also began to improve, even though there was at that time no practitioner locally. She soon started to attend school, which was a great step, and one day, not long after, she suddenly said to the schoolmistress, "I can feel my face!" Feeling had indeed come to her face for the first time. Father took Doll to the specialist in Manchester, who looked at her and said, "The age of miracles is not over. The nerve has joined."

It was about this time that, as Doll recalled, two things happened. She made contact with James Neal in Boston. He had been in Mrs. Eddy's last Class and was the one whom Mrs. Eddy had referred to as the "perfect practitioner." She asked him what time he worked for her each day so that she could be working too! Then one day, she read in a local paper that a cousin had won a beauty competition. Rather sadly she said, "I could never do that," but then she added, "But I have the beauty of holiness." She went to her schoolroom and all morning she thought about the beauty of holiness. At lunchtime, when she came down, Mother exclaimed, "Doll, have you seen your face?" Doris replied, "God cannot see a mortal face: He can only see the beauty of holiness." By the evening, her whole face had moved round to a normal angle.”

The result, Doris devoted herself to the study of Christian Science and sharing it’s healing message. Thousands of individuals, like my friend, Ali, benefited. Now, that is a living church, a holy communion that heals. Makes you want to get down on your knees (now and during church), doesn’t it?

[*Warren’s PS#1: Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of fan captured John the Baptist’s sense of baptism "tools" very well: “FAN. Separator of fable from fact; that which gives action to thought.” (Science and Health 586: 7)
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