13 DAILY DUTIES
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF 0UR THIRTEEN DAILY DUTIES IS INSPLRED BY THE STORY OF NAAMAN WASHING SEVEN TIMES IN THE JORDON RIVER-SEE 11 KINGS. 5 ALSO SEE HYMN 2 75. "DAILY WE KEEP 0UR TRYST,...
II Kings 5:1-4.6-14
Now Naaman, captain of the host of the King of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife. And she said unto her mistress. Would God my, lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy. And one went in and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.
And he brought the letter to the land of Israel saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee behold. I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy. And it came
to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes and said, Am I God. to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider. I pray you. and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me. And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the lung of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him. saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times. and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth. and went away, and said, Behold I thought, He will surelv come out to me, and stand. and call on the name of the Lord his God. and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus. better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near and spake unto him, and said. My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then. when he saith to thee, Wash. and be clean? Then went he down. and dipped himself seven times in Jordan according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child. and he was clean.
1. Daily Bible Lessons
My 48:18-22 Mm
Mrs. Eddy ... in her insistence upon the constant daily reading of the Bible and her own writings.... has given to her disciples a means of spiritual development which ... will certainly build such truth as they do gain into the marrow of their characters.
2. Love Thy Neighbor
Ms 7:9-10 (to;)
"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself' has daily to be exemplified;
3. Pray Daily
One thing I have greatly desired and again earnestly request namely, that Christian Scientists. here and elsewhere, pray daily for themselves; not verbally, nor on bended knee, but mentally, meekly and importunately.
4. Some Daily Good
My prayer, some daily good to do To Thine, for Thee;
An offering pure of Love, whereto God leadeth me.
5. Watch Daily
Watch, and pray daily that evil suggestions, in whatever guise, take no root in your
thought nor bear fruit. Ofttimes examine yourselves, and see if there be found
anywhere a deterrent of Truth and Love. and "hold fast that which is good."
6. Be a Law to Yourself
My 237:12-14 TAKE NOTICE
'To Christian Scicntists:-See Science and Health, page 442, line 30. and give daily attention thereto.
Christian Scientists, be a law to yourselves that mental malpractice cannot harm you either when asleep or when awake.
7. No More War
For many years I have prayed daily that there be no more war, no more barbarous slaughtering of our fellow-beings; prayed that all the peoples on earth and the islands of the sea have one God, one Mind; love God supremely, and love their neighbor as themselves.
8. Read Daily Paper
My desire is that every Christian Scientist, and as many others as possible, subscribe
for and read our daily newspaper.
MARY BAKER EDDY
9. Bless Your Enemies
Each day I pray: "God bless my enemies; make them Thy friends; give them to know the joy and the peace of love."
10. Rule for Motives and Acts
Man 40:1-15 DISCIPLINE, Article VII, GUIDANCE OF MEMERS
A Rule for Motives and Acts. SECTION I - Neither animosity nor mere personal attachment should impel the motives or acts of the members of The mother Church. In Science, divine Love alone governs man; and a Christian Scientist reflects the sweet amenities of Love, in rebuking sin, in true brotherliness. charitableness, and forgiveness. The members of this Church should daily watch and pray to be delivered from all evil from prophesying, judging, condemning, counseling, influencing or being influenced erroneously.
11. Daily Prayer
Daily Prayer. SECT. 4. It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to pray each dav: "Thv kingdom come;" let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind and govern them!
12. Alertness to Dutv
Alertness to Duty. SECT. 6. It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind. By his works he shall be judged-and justified or condemned.
13. Gratitude and Love in Your Heart
Easter Observances. SECT. 2. In the United States there shall be no special observances,. Festivities, nor gifts at the Easter season by members of The Mother Church. Gratitude and love should abide in every heart each day of all the years. Those sacred words of our beloved Master. "Let the dead bury their dead." and "Follow thou me," appeal to daily Christian endeavors for the living whereby to exemplify our risen Lord.