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131:1    Beloved, that which purifies the affections also strengthens them, removes fear, subdues sin, and endues with 3divine power; that which refines character at the same time humbles, exalts, and commands a man, and obedience gives him courage, devotion, and attainment. For this 6hour, for this period, for spiritual sacrament, sacrifice, and ascension, we unite in giving thanks. For the body of Christ, for the life that we commemorate and would 9emulate, for the bread of heaven whereof if a man eat “he shall live forever,” for the cup red with loving restitution, redemption, and inspiration, we give thanks. The 12signet of the great heart, given to me in a little symbol, seals the covenant of everlasting love. May apostate praise return to its first love, above the symbol seize the 15spirit, speak the “new tongue” — and may thought soar and Soul be.

Address at Annual Meeting, June 6, 1899

18    My Beloved Brethren: — I hope I shall not be found disorderly, but I wish to say briefly that this meeting is very joyous to me. Where God is we can meet, and where 21God is we can never part. There is something suggestive to me in this hour of the latter days of the nineteenth century, fulfilling much of the divine law and the gospel. 24The divine law has said to us: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I 27will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

30    There is with us at this hour this great, great blessing; and may I say with the consciousness of Mind that the 132 132:1fulfilment of divine Love in our lives is the demand of this hour — the special demand. We begin with the law 3as just announced, “Prove me now herewith, . . . if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing,” and we go to the Gospels, and there we hear: 6“In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

    The Christian Scientist knows that spiritual faith and 9understanding pass through the waters of Meribah here — bitter waters; but he also knows they embark for infinity and anchor in omnipotence.

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