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127:1    Hitherto, I have observed that in proportion as this church has smiled on His “little ones,” He has blessed 3her. Throughout my entire connection with The Mother Church, I have seen, that in the ratio of her love for others, hath His love been bestowed upon her; watering 6her waste places, and enlarging her borders.

    One thing I have greatly desired, and again earnestly request, namely, that Christian Scientists, here and 9elsewhere, pray daily for themselves; not verbally, nor on bended knee, but mentally, meekly, and importunately. When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-12Mother God for bread, it is not given a stone, — but more grace, obedience, and love. If this heart, humble and trustful, faithfully asks divine Love to feed it with the 15bread of heaven, health, holiness, it will be conformed to a fitness to receive the answer to its desire; then will flow into it the “river of His pleasure,” the tributary of divine 18Love, and great growth in Christian Science will follow, —  even that joy which finds one’s own in another’s good.

    To love, and to be loved, one must do good to others. 21The inevitable condition whereby to become blessed, is to bless others: but here, you must so know yourself, under God’s direction, that you will do His will even though 24your pearls be downtrodden. Ofttimes the rod is His means of grace; then it must be ours, — we cannot avoid wielding it if we reflect Him.

27    Wise sayings and garrulous talk may fall to the ground, rather than on the ear or heart of the hearer; but a tender sentiment felt, or a kind word spoken, at the right moment, 30is never wasted. Mortal mind presents phases of character which need close attention and examination. The human heart, like a feather bed, needs often to be stirred, 128 128:1sometimes roughly, and given a variety of turns, else it grows hard and uncomfortable whereon to repose.

3    The lessons of this so-called life in matter are too vast and varied to learn or to teach briefly; and especially within the limits of a letter. Therefore I close here, 6with the apostle’s injunction: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, 9whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye 12have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

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