My Beloved Brethren:—I have a secret to tell thee, and a question to ask.

 

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.

Mary Baker Eddy

SH 66:6-11

From Concord Express – A Christian Science Study Resource: The King James Version of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s published writings

 

The Letter of the Pastor Emeritus

From the July 4, 1903 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

A letter in this article was later republished in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany: My. 133:21-134:19

 

My Beloved Brethren:—I have a secret to tell thee, and a question to ask. Do you know how much I love you, and the nature of this love? No: then my sacred secret is incommunicable, and we live apart. But, yes: and this inmost something becomes articulate—and my book is not all you know of me—but your knowledge with its magnitude of meaning uncovers my life, and your heart has discovered it. The spiritual bespeaks our temporal history. Difficulty, abnegation, constant battle against the world, the flesh, and evil, tell my long kept secret—evidence a heart wholly in protest, and unutterable in love.

The unprecedented progress of Christian Science is proverbial, and we cannot be too grateful, nor too humble for this—inasmuch as our daily lives serve to enhance or to stay its glory. To triumph in truth, to keep the faith individually and collectively, conflicting elements must be mastered. Defeat need not follow victory; joy over good achievements and work well done should not be eclipsed by some lost opportunity, some imperative demand not yet met.

Truth, Life, and Love will never lose their claim on us. And here let me add:—

Truth happifies life in hamlet or town;
Life lessons all pride—its pomp and its frown—
Love comes to our tears like soft summer shower,
To beautify, bless, and inspire man’s power.

With everlasting love, Mary Baker G. Eddy.

"Defeat need not follow victory" by Tony Lobl

 

 

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