Theme: The selections from the Bible, and from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, were inspired by Mary Baker Eddy’s poem “Christ my Refuge” (Hymn 253 – 257 in the Christian Science Hymnal), as copied below:

 

Christ my Refuge – Mary Baker Eddy

 

O’er waiting harp strings of the mind

There sweeps a strain,

Low, sad, and sweet, whose measures bind

The power of pain,

 

And wake a white winged angel throng

Of thoughts, illumed

By faith, and breathed in raptured song,

With love perfumed.

 

Then His unveiled, sweet mercies show

Life’s burdens light.

I kiss the cross, and wake to know

A world more bright.

 

And o’er earth’s troubled, angry sea

I see Christ walk,

And come to me, and tenderly,

Divinely talk.

 

Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock,

Upon Life’s shore,

‘Gainst which the winds and waves can shock,

Oh, never more!

 

From tired joy and grief afar,

And nearer Thee, –

Father, where Thine own children are,

I love to be.

 

My prayer, some daily good to do

To Thine, for Thee;

An offering pure of Love,

whereto God leadeth me.

 

The Bible

Psalms 91:1-6, 9-12

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;  6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;  10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

 

Psalms 92:1-4 (work:), 5

1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:  2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,  3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.  4 For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work:  5 O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.

 

II Samuel 22:1-3 (trust:), 18, 20, 29, 31, 32

1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:  2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;  3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust:

18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.

20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.

31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?

 

Matthew 16:13-18

13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?  14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

 

John 13:33-35

33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.  34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy

The 1st verse of the Poem

213:27  

Mortal mind is the harp of many strings, discoursing either discord or harmony according as the hand, which sweeps over it, is human or divine.

304:3  

It is ignorance and false belief, based on a material sense of things, which hide spiritual beauty and goodness. Understanding this, Paul said: "Neither death, nor life, . . . nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God." This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death. The perfect man — governed by God, his perfect Principle — is sinless and eternal.

304:18  

Man's happiness is not, therefore, at the disposal of physical sense. Truth is not contaminated by error. Harmony in man is as beautiful as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal.

 

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The 2nd verse of the Poem

174:9-14  

The footsteps of thought, rising above material standpoints, are slow, and portend a long night to the traveler; but the angels of His presence — the spiritual intuitions that tell us when "the night is far spent, the day is at hand" — are our guardians in the gloom.

297:24  

Human thoughts have their degrees of comparison. Some thoughts are better than others. A belief in Truth is better than a belief in error, but no mortal testimony is founded on the divine rock. Mortal testimony can be shaken. Until belief becomes faith, and faith becomes spiritual understanding, human thought has little relation to the actual or divine.

 

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The 3rd verse of the Poem

66:6  

Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff, — a broken reed, which pierces the heart. We do not half remember this in the sunshine of joy and prosperity. Sorrow is salutary. Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom. Trials are proofs of God's care. Spiritual development germinates not from seed sown in the soil of material hopes, but when these decay, Love propagates anew the higher joys of Spirit, which have no taint of earth. Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.

 

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The 4th verse of the Poem

505:17-20  

The Psalmist saith: "The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea."

332:9-15 Christ, 19  

Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness. The Christ is incorporeal, spiritual, — yea, the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, healing the sick and casting out evils, destroying sin, disease, and death.

   Jesus demonstrated Christ; he proved that Christ is the divine idea of God — the Holy Ghost, or Comforter, revealing the divine Principle, Love, and leading into all truth.

 

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The 5th verse of the Poem

593:18 only (to 2nd .)  

ROCK. Spiritual foundation; Truth.

67:23  

Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.

142:31  

Truth is God's remedy for error of every kind, and Truth destroys only what is untrue. Hence the fact that, to-day, as yesterday, Christ casts out evils and heals the sick.

 

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The 6th verse of the Poem

476:6-13  

Error, urged to its final limits, is self-destroyed. Error will cease to claim that soul is in body, that life and intelligence are in matter, and that this matter is man. God is the Principle of man, and man is the idea of God. Hence man is not mortal nor material. Mortals will disappear, and immortals, or the children of God, will appear as the only and eternal verities of man.

572:6  

"Love one another" (I John, iii. 23), is the most simple and profound counsel of the inspired writer. In Science we are children of God; but whatever is of material sense, or mortal, belongs not to His children, for materiality is the inverted image of spirituality.

 

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The 7th verse of the Poem

9:5-7, 11  

The test of all prayer lies in the answer to these questions: Do we love our neighbor better because of this asking?

If selfishness has given place to kindness, we shall regard our neighbor unselfishly, and bless them that curse us; but we shall never meet this great duty simply by asking that it may be done. There is a cross to be taken up before we can enjoy the fruition of our hope and faith.