Wednesday Readings: Healing the Heart

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the Feb. 10, 2010 Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, OH. After the readings, those attending the meeting are encouraged to share proofs of God's care.  All are lovingly invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday meetings at our church. 

The Bible

Matt 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  

Ps 31:23,24
O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.  Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.  

Gen 37:3,4,23,24 (to :),26 (to 1st ,),27-34
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.  And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.  

And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him; And they took him, and cast him into a pit:

And Judah said unto his brethren,

Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.  Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.  #And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.  And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?  #And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood; And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no.  And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.  And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.  

Gen. 39:1-2
And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.  And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.  

Gen. 41:57
And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.  

Gen. 42:3
And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.  

Gen 45:4-5,9, 24 (to :),25-28 (to :)
And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.  Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.  

Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:

So he sent his brethren away, and they departed:

And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father, And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not.  And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived: And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive:

John 14:27 Let
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  

Isa 40:28-31
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  

Ps 27:14

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.  

II Cor 4:6 God
God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  

John 12:44

Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.  

John 14:1
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  

Luke 7:11-15
And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.  Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.  And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.  

Ps 147:1 (to :),3,5 (to :)
Praise ye the Lord:

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.  

Great is our Lord, and of great power:

Eph 6:10 be
be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  

Matt 6:19-21
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  

I Kings 8:61

Let your heart therefore be perfect with the Lord our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.  

Science & Health

By Mary Baker Eddy


SH 587:23
HEART.  Mortal feelings, motives, affections, joys, and sorrows.  

SH 365:31-2
The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father's loving-kindness.

SH 213:3-5

Of a man it has been said, "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he;" hence as a man spiritually ^understandeth^, so is he in truth.

SH 258:25-6
  Mortals have a very imperfect sense of the spiritual man and of the infinite range of his thought.  To him belongs eternal Life.  Never born and never dying, it were impossible for man, under the government of God in eternal Science, to fall from his high estate.  
  Through spiritual sense you can discern the heart of divinity, and thus begin to comprehend in Science the generic term ^man^.  Man is not absorbed in Deity, and man cannot lose his individuality, for he reflects eternal Life; nor is he an isolated, solitary idea, for he represents infinite Mind, the sum of all substance.  
  In divine Science, man is the true image of God.

SH 233:1
Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power.  These proofs consist solely in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them.  This is an element of progress, and progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil.  

SH 377:15-23
A sudden joy or grief has caused what is termed instantaneous death.  Because a belief originates unseen, the mental state should be continually watched that it may not produce blindly its bad effects.  The author never knew a patient who did not recover when the belief of the disease had gone. Remove the leading error or governing fear of this lower so-called mind, and you remove the cause of all disease as well as the morbid or excited action of any organ.

SH 151:18 -24

Fear never stopped being and its action.  The blood, heart, lungs, brain, etc., have nothing to do with Life, God.  Every function of the real man is governed by the divine Mind.  The human mind has no power to kill or to cure, and it has no control over God's man.  The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness.

SH 187:13-16
  The valves of the heart, opening and closing for the passage of the blood, obey the mandate of mortal mind as directly as does the hand, admittedly moved by the will.

SH 219:11-20
Not muscles, nerves, nor bones, but mortal mind makes the whole body "sick, and the whole heart faint;" whereas divine Mind heals.  
  When this is understood, we shall never affirm concerning the body what we do not wish to have manifested.  We shall not call the body weak, if we would have it strong; for the belief in feebleness must obtain in the human mind before it can be made manifest on the body, and the destruction of the belief will be the removal of its effects.

SH 243:16 The head
The head, heart, lungs, and limbs do not inform us that they are dizzy, diseased, consumptive, or lame.  If this information is conveyed, mortal mind conveys it.  Neither immortal and unerring Mind nor matter, the inanimate substratum of mortal mind, can carry on such telegraphy; for God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil," and matter has neither intelligence nor sensation.  

SH 172:23-24, 32-5
What is man?  Brain, heart, blood, bones, etc., the material structure?

When we admit that matter (heart, blood, brain, acting through the five physical senses) constitutes man, we fail to see how anatomy can distinguish between humanity and the brute, or determine when man is really man and has progressed farther than his animal progenitors.

SH 415:17-21
  Note how thought makes the face pallid.  It either retards the circulation or quickens it, causing a pale or flushed cheek.  In the same way thought increases or diminishes the secretions, the action of the lungs, of the bowels, and of the heart.

SH 425:24-28
Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew.  You will never fear again except to offend God, and you will never believe that heart or any portion of the body can destroy you.

SH 324:4
The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress.  "Blessed are the pure in heart:  for they shall see God."

SH 337:14

XXVI.  Christian Science demonstrates that none but the pure in heart can see God, as the gospel teaches.  In proportion to his purity is man perfect; and perfection is the order of celestial being which demonstrates Life in Christ, Life's spiritual ideal.  

SH 262:5-16
Christian Science takes naught from the perfection of God, but it ascribes to Him the entire glory.  By putting "off the old man with his deeds," mortals "put on immortality."
 We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief.  We must reverse our feeble flutterings--our efforts to find life and truth in matter--and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God.  These clearer, higher views inspire the Godlike man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being.

SH 369:5-7

 In proportion as matter loses to human sense all entity as man, in that proportion does man become its master.

SH 475:6-9 Man,13

Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements.  The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God.

Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique.  He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God's image and likeness; the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.  

SH 573:29
Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will surely appear sometime and in some way.  There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away.  When you read this, remember Jesus' words, "The kingdom of God is within you."  This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.  

 Hymn 118,  Hymn 175,  Hymn 58
 

Previous Wednesday Readings

  • Healing the Heart (2-10-10)
  • No Other Gods (2-3-10)
  • God Does Not Curse (1-20-10)
  • Church (1-13-10)
  • Safety in the Skies (1-6-10)
  • The Sermon on the Mount (12-30-09)
  • The Christmas Story (12-23-09)
  • Home for the Holidays (12-16-09)
  • Never Doubt God's Power (12-9-09)
  • The Graven Image of Materia Medica (12-2-09)
  • Effective Prayer (11-25-09)
  • Witchcraft & Ghosts (10-28-09)
  • The Platform (10-21-09)
  • Destructive Weather (10-14-09)
  • The Lame Walk (10-7-09)
  • Protection from Contagion & Swine Flu (9-30-09)
  • The Armor of God (9-23-09)
  • What Cannot God Do? (9-16-09)
  • Cause & Effect (9-9-09)
  • Life Most Sweet (9-2-09)
  • Stand Perfect and Complete in God (8-19-09)
  • The Real Jurisdiction of the World is Mind (8-12-09)
  • Think Without Limits (8-5-09)
  • Purity (7-29-09)
  • Corruption (7-22-09)
  • The Serpent or Animal Magnetism is Unreal (7-15-09)
  • Freedom (7-8-09)
  • Abraham (7-1-09)
  • Children & Healthcare (6-24-09)
  • Marriage (6-17-09)
  • Dare to be a Samuel, a Solomon, a Daniel (6-10-09)
  • God's Infinite Resources (5-27-09)
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