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Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Theme: The Flow of Peace

Readings from the Bible:

1) Isa. 26:3, 4 (to 1st :), 12

The Bible Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: ... ... ¶ LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.

2) Isa. 27:4–6

Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together. Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me. He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.

3) Luke 14:2–4 behold, 31–33 what

... behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; ... ... what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

4) Luke 10:2 The, 4–10 (to 3rd ,)

... The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. ... Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, ...

5) Luke 4:14–18 (to ;), 20 (to 1st .), 22, 23, 25–30

¶ And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. ¶ And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; ... And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. ... And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son? And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. ... But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

6) Gen. 2:8 (to ;), 10, 14 2nd And

¶ And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; ... And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. ... ... And the fourth river is Euphrates.

7) Deut. 11:1 love, 19, 22 2nd to, 24

... love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway. ... And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. ... ... to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him; ... Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.

8) Isa. 49:20–22

The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been? Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.

9) Isa. 45:7

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

10) Isa. 55:8, 11, 12 (to :)

¶ For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. ... So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: ...

11) Isa. 66:10 (to 1st :), 12 (to 3rd ,)

Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: ... For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, ...

Readings from Science and Health:

1) SH 264:24

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.

2) SH 91:5–7

Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love.

3) SH 506:10–12

Through divine Science, Spirit, God, unites understanding to eternal harmony. The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace.

4) SH 593:14–17

RIVER. Channel of thought. When smooth and unobstructed, it typifies the course of Truth; but muddy, foaming, and dashing, it is a type of error.

5) SH 540:5

In Isaiah we read: “I make peace, and create evil. I the Lord do all these things;” but the prophet referred to divine law as stirring up the belief in evil to its utmost, when bringing it to the surface and reducing it to its common denominator, nothingness. The muddy river-bed must be stirred in order to purify the stream. In moral chemicalization, when the symptoms of evil, illusion, are aggravated, we may think in our ignorance that the Lord hath wrought an evil; but we ought to know that God's law uncovers so-called sin and its effects, only that Truth may annihilate all sense of evil and all power to sin.

6) SH 416:24–27, 32

The sick know nothing of the mental process by which they are depleted, and next to nothing of the metaphysical method by which they can be healed. ... Teach them that their being is sustained by Spirit, not by matter, and that they find health, peace, and harmony in God, divine Love.

7) SH 585:16 (only, to .)

EUPHRATES (river). ...

8) SH 585:17–19 2nd the

... the true idea of God; a type of the glory which is to come; metaphysics taking the place of physics; the reign of righteousness.

9) SH 156:5–11, 17–19, 24–32

A case of dropsy, given up by the faculty, fell into my hands. It was a terrible case. Tapping had been employed, and yet, as she lay in her bed, the patient looked like a barrel. I prescribed the fourth attenuation of Argentum nitratum with occasional doses of a high attenuation of Sulphuris. She improved perceptibly. ... It then occurred to me to give her unmedicated pellets and watch the result. I did so, and she continued to gain. ... She went on in this way, taking the unmedicated pellets, — and receiving occasional visits from me, — but employing no other means, and she was cured. Metaphysics, as taught in Christian Science, is the next stately step beyond homœopathy. In metaphysics, matter disappears from the remedy entirely, and Mind takes its rightful and supreme place.

10) SH 160:3

The systems of physics act against metaphysics, and vice versa. When mortals forsake the material for the spiritual basis of action, drugs lose their healing force, for they have no innate power. Unsupported by the faith reposed in it, the inanimate drug becomes powerless.

11) SH 269:14–25 (to 2nd .)

Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul. These ideas are perfectly real and tangible to spiritual consciousness, and they have this advantage over the objects and thoughts of material sense, — they are good and eternal. The testimony of the material senses is neither absolute nor divine. I therefore plant myself unreservedly on the teachings of Jesus, of his apostles, of the prophets, and on the testimony of the Science of Mind. Other foundations there are none.

12) SH 53:16–18

The world could not interpret aright the discomfort which Jesus inspired and the spiritual blessings which might flow from such discomfort.

13) SH 19:6–16

Jesus aided in reconciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus' teachings, and this truer sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit, — the law of divine Love. The Master forbore not to speak the whole truth, declaring precisely what would destroy sickness, sin, and death, although his teaching set households at variance, and brought to material beliefs not peace, but a sword.

14) SH 139:9

Reforms have commonly been attended with bloodshed and persecution, even when the end has been brightness and peace; but the present new, yet old, reform in religious faith will teach men patiently and wisely to stem the tide of sectarian bitterness, whenever it flows inward.

15) SH 329:26 If

If men understood their real spiritual source to be all blessedness, they would struggle for recourse to the spiritual and be at peace; but the deeper the error into which mortal mind is plunged, the more intense the opposition to spirituality, till error yields to Truth.

16) SH 516:9–13

God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence. Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light.

HYMNS: 521, 182, 533

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