Learning to Share

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“Millions of unprejudiced minds—simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert—are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences.”

Mary Baker Eddy

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Learning to Share

IRENE CONSTANCE HEMANS

From the June 26, 1937 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

On the Education page of The Christian Science Monitor of October 3, 1936, appears a story of how, through the tactful and judicious direction of her teacher, a little girl learned to sing in public, free from all sense of self-consciousness or fear.

This wise and far-seeing teacher, who handled intelligently the little children entrusted to her care, asked one of them who had learned to sing a song, which it was agreed was “beautiful,” if it would not be a kind thing to share it with others who had not had the pleasure of learning just that special song. And so, one morning, this little maid and an equally small companion, free from all embarrassment and fear, sang their song to an appreciative audience of five hundred grownups, students and faculty of the Normal Department.

To the writer this story conveyed a message of deep import. As students of Christian Science we all have had experiences which are too beautiful to be kept to ourselves, and which we should joyfully and fearlessly share with others.

Our Wednesday evening meetings provide just such opportunities of sharing our wonderful experiences of healing, of lives reformed, of new-found joy, with those who may be waiting to hear of these convincing proofs of the healing power of Christ, Truth, as revealed in Christian Science. However simple the words, however brief our expression of praise, if shared with an irresistible desire to thank the loving Giver of all good, and to help lift the burden of some fellow being, we may rest assured that many expectant hearts will be comforted and fed in that sacred hour of spiritual refreshment.

Too often do we deprive ourselves and others of this joyous sharing, through fear of speaking in public, or through the suggestion that our contribution would be unimportant. Or again, the very beauty of the experience may make us reluctant to share it. We are not asked to give every detail of the beautiful experience that has come to us, but in a few words of heartfelt gratitude we may express our joy. Surely the sharing of the slightest proof of the Christ-healing is not less beautiful than was the giving of a song by the little children. And the fear that would keep us mute, perchance unwillingly so, cannot be so great as the wellspring of gratitude that impels us to share with our brethren the joy that is too beautiful to be kept to ourselves.

In the Gospel of Luke we read the story of the woman who, on finding a piece of silver which she had lost and for which she had diligently searched, called her friends and neighbors to rejoice with her, sharing with them her joy and gratitude. Our beloved Leader labored long and faithfully in her untiring search of the Scriptures, wherein she knew she would find the truth that makes free, together with the unvarying law for its demonstration. When, through her faithful efforts, the Science of real being was revealed to her, she fearlessly, lovingly, simply, and unselfishly shared with all who would listen those things that were too beautiful to be kept to herself. What has been the result? Thousands in every part of the world rise up and call her blessed.

“Freely ye have received, freely give.” Our dear Master pointed to the necessity of expressing the childlike qualities—guilelessness, fearlessness, truthfulness, and love. So, may we be ready to share the good that has come to us, thus remembering what Mrs. Eddy says (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 570): “Millions of unprejudiced minds—simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert—are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences.”