Handling Age and Memory

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the June 2, 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

Ps 88:12
Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?  

Ps 18:28 my God, 32

my God will enlighten my darkness.  

It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.  

II Tim 1:7 God
God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  

Phil 2:5,13
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  

Amos 4:13 lo

lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The Lord, The God of hosts, is his name.  

Ps 102:1,2,4,11 (to ;),12,25,26,27
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee.  Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.  

My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.  

My days are like a shadow that declineth;

But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.  

Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.  They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.  

Ps 71:1,3,5,9,12,16
In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.  

Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.  

For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth.  

Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.  

O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.  

I will go in the strength of the Lord God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.  

Ps 147:5
Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.  

Ezek 11:5 1st Thus (to 2nd ;),5 I

Thus saith the Lord;

I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.  

Isa 14:24
The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:

Isa 46:8,9
Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

Ps 103:2,5
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.  

Job 23:10 he,13 he, 14
he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  

he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.  For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.  

Ps 119:1-5,13-16,27,54,55,93,109
Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.  Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.  They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.  Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.  O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!  

With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.  I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.  I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.  I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.  

Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.  

Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.  I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.  

I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.  

My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.  

Ps 139:2,12 (to :),14,17,18, 23,24 and lead

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  

Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day:

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.  

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

and lead me in the way everlasting.  

Ps 46:10 (to :)
Be still, and know that I am God:

Isa 30:21

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.  

Phil 4:7

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  

Ps 77:5,6,10-12 2nd I
I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.  I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.  

I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.  I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.  I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.  

Eccl 3:14,15
I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.  That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.  

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  

II Tim 1:3,6 (to ,)
I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God,

II Tim 2:19 the (to 1st ,)
the foundation of God standeth sure,

Ps 42:6 therefore (to remember)

therefore will I remember

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

SH 276:9
Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.  

244:23 (only),25
  Man in Science is neither young nor old.

He does not pass from matter to Mind, from the mortal to the immortal, from evil to good, or from good to evil.  Such admissions cast us headlong into darkness and dogma.  Even Shakespeare's poetry pictures age as infancy, as helplessness and decadence, instead of assigning to man the everlasting grandeur and immortality of development, power, and prestige.  

SH 407:21
  If delusion says, "I have lost my memory," contradict it.  No faculty of Mind is lost.  In Science, all being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmonious in every action.  Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite.  This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness.  

It is impossible that man should lose aught that is real, when God is all and eternally his.

Man's true consciousness is in the mental, not in any bodily or personal likeness to Spirit.

SH 87:23-25 (to 2nd .)

Do not suppose that any mental concept is gone because you do not think of it.  The true concept is never lost.

The intercommunication is always from God to His idea, man.

  MIND.  The only I, or Us; the only Spirit, Soul, divine Principle, substance, Life, Truth, Love; the one God; not that which is ^in^ man, but the divine Principle, or God, of whom man is the full and perfect expression; Deity, which outlines but is not outlined.  

SH 470:16 (only),21-30,32
The children of God have but one Mind.

  God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect.  Man is the expression of God's being.  If there ever was a moment when man did not express the divine perfection, then there was a moment when man did not express God, and consequently a time when Deity was unexpressed--that is, without entity.  If man has lost perfection, then he has lost his perfect Principle, the divine Mind.

  The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.  

SH 372:1 (only)
  Remember, brain is not mind.

SH 397:28
Give up the belief that mind is, even temporarily, compressed within the skull, and you will quickly become more manly or womanly.  You will understand yourself and your Maker better than before.  

SH 336:2-15
Mind never enters the finite.  Intelligence never passes into non-intelligence, or matter.  Good never enters into evil, the unlimited into the limited, the eternal into the temporal, nor the immortal into mortality.  The divine Ego, or individuality, is reflected in all spiritual individuality from the infinitesimal to the infinite.  
  XXII.  Immortal man was and is God's image or idea, even the infinite expression of infinite Mind, and immortal man is coexistent and coeternal with that Mind.  He has been forever in the eternal Mind, God; but infinite Mind can never be in man, but is reflected by man.  The spiritual man's consciousness and individuality are reflections of God.

The Science of being, in which all is divine Mind, or God and His idea, would be clearer in this age, but for the belief that matter is the medium of man, or that man can enter his own embodied thought, bind himself with his own beliefs, and then call his bonds material and name them divine law.
SH 311:3-6
  What we term mortal mind or carnal mind, dependent on matter for manifestation, is not Mind.  God is Mind: all that Mind, God, is, or hath made, is good, and He made all.

SH 205:32
  When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His,--no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.  

SH 285:17
The time has come for a finite conception of the infinite and of a material body as the seat of Mind to give place to a diviner sense of intelligence and its manifestations,--to the better understanding that Science gives of the Supreme Being, or divine Principle, and idea.  

SH 248:5
Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom.  Immortal Mind feeds the body with supernal freshness and fairness, supplying it with beautiful images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day brings to a nearer tomb.  

SH 263:7-10

  When mortal man blends his thoughts of existence with the spiritual and works only as God works, he will no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because he has not tasted heaven.


The radiant sun of virtue and truth coexists with being.  Manhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun.

Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise.  Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand.  Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.  

SH 151:23-28
The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness.  The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares.  All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal.

It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love.

Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.  

SH 249:1
  Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive ideals; and so let us have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.  

SH 180:25-27
  When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.

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