March 20, 2016
We are looking forward greatly to seeing you soon. Each piece of fruitage and each insight you’ve shared about your spiritual work and progress touches my heart and increases my desire to see you all together, of one Mind, and in one place, as family. Guests, too, are part of this spiritual family.
I just want to explain to guests and remind the rest of you that the references I’m sending for study may be differently conceived than for some other Associations. First of all, you will notice immediately that the references are longer! But more significantly they are conceived as providing from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, not simply a few useful and related references but a whole unified lesson for each section of the address.
The address is in fact drawn from and inspired by these references. My prayer and listening is then for divine Mind’s message, not my personal interest at the time. It has always seemed to me that this takes precedence over everything else, as it did for characters in the Bible and as was urged by Mrs. Eddy herself.
So you can see that while these study references are entirely optional, I do hope you will find them seriously helpful in preparing thought for Association day and for your deepened study afterward. It is not so much a trip to the city of Boston you are contemplating, as it is the city described in the Bible verses from Hebrews: “Ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels… wherefore we [are] receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved.”
With deepest affection,
Allison W. Phinney, C.S.B.
P.S. Everyone please remember that the assignment this year was to read testimonies from the 1943 issues of the Christian Science Sentinel. These will play a major role in our discussion during Association day in Section Five. I will be inviting those in the audience to stand and share with us their favorite testimonies, explain why, and also what they’ve seen from the assignment in regard to the unchanging nature of divine healing!
P.P.S. Please know that your healings, demonstrations, and spiritual insights are welcome at any time prior to —and even on—Association day! They are an essential and substantial sharing for an Association day that nourishes and supports and inspires all of us in this dear family for the coming year.