January 2019 — Let Us Shout For Joy

Remember Joshua and the Battle of Jericho?

“. . . in the case of Joshua and his band they had all to shout together
in order that the walls might fall . . .”
Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings 279:24-25

Do we already shout for joy? A resounding yes is the answer!

We shout together each morning when devoted students of Christian Science meet quietly in their individual daily study of the Christian Science Bible Lesson. We meet in the pages of the Christian Science Sentinel and the Christian Science Journal. We meet as we read the Christian Science Monitor to find a focus for our prayers for humanity. We meet every Sunday in our silent prayer for “the congregations collectively and exclusively.” Mary Baker Eddy, Church Manual 42:1.

Shouting together — joined in unity of thought and purpose is central to the success of the healing mission of Christian Science. At High Ridge House we seek to maintain an atmosphere of loving spiritual discipline and discipleship, starting with our morning meeting every day at 9:00 am. We start with ten minutes of quiet prayer in which everyone is invited to participate: management, staff, patients and guests. This helps us set the tone for the day. Similarly we pause every evening at 7:00 pm to again pray for the success of our healing work. You are welcome to join us in prayer.

“. . . Love is the Principle of unity, the basis of all right thinking and acting . . .”
Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings 117: 13-15

In setting our agenda for the new year, this “shouting together” includes outreach to our broad field of supporters, such as you, our ENews readers. This fellowship of love is seen in our two semi-annual newsletters, our Annual Meeting and various special events throughout the year. These are an important part of shouting together, and sharing Christian fellowship.

The expression and demonstration of this spiritual sense of unity is captured in one of our hymns:

“One in hope and doctrine, One in charity.”
Christian Science Hymnal No 264

We invite you to join us in our New Year’s resolution to more consistently practice a spiritual sense of unity — to shout together and to shout with joy!

With love and joy,

Marivic B. Mabanag
Executive Director