Mary Baker Eddy, The Freemasons and Bible-inspired compassion – Wednesday, 16 September, 2015

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Moses, God’s chosen communicator, understood this about God’s nature and reported to the people: “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt” (Deut. 10:18, 19, New International Version). The Israelites’ debt of love and gratitude to God for deliverance was not to be forgotten. It was stamped into their identity and written into law. Concern for the “stranger, the fatherless, and the widow”—the poor and outcasts of society—appears repeatedly in Scripture.

The founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, faithfully leaned on the Bible’s message of compassion through tough times, and often wrote about the kindness she received from others. She was once a young, desolate, and poverty-stricken widow. She had only been married six months when her husband fell ill and died, leaving her alone, pregnant, and a “stranger in the land”—a New England woman in America’s deep South. She remembered forever the kindness of her husband’s fellow Free Masons who helped her and escorted her back to her father’s house (see Retrospection and Introspection, p. 19).

From the April 18, 2011 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

 

Dear Editor:—I send for publication in our periodicals the following deeply interesting letter from Elizabeth Earl Jones of Asheville, N. C.,—the state where my husband, Col. George W. Glover, passed on and up,—the state that so signally honored his memory, where with wet eyes the Free Masons laid on his bier the emblems of a Master Mason, and in long procession with tender dirge bore his remains to their last resting-place. Deeply grateful I recognize the Divine hand in turning the hearts of the noble southrons of North Carolina legally to protect the practice of Christian Science in that state.

From the October 31, 1903 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

 

Article XXVI.

Church Organizations Ample.—Section 14. Members of the Mother Church shall not be made members of clubs or organizations, the Free Masons excepted, which exclude either sex or are not named in the Manual of the Mother Church. God separates the tares and wheat to garner the latter in His storehouse.

From the May 7, 1904 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

 

My first husband, Major George W. Glover, resided in Charleston, South Carolina. While on a business trip to Wilmington, North Carolina, he was suddenly seized with yellow fever and died in about nine days. I was with him on this trip. He took with him the usual amount of money he would need on such an excursion. At his decease I was surrounded by friends and their provisions in my behalf were most tender. The Governor of the State and his staff, with a long procession, followed the remains of my beloved one to the cemetery. The Freemasons selected my escort, who took me to my father’s home in Tilton, N. H. My salary for writing gave me ample support. I did open an infant school, but it was for the purpose of starting that educational system in New Hampshire.

From the January 1907 issue of The Christian Science Journal

 

The facts are that Mr. Glover was a successful contractor at the time of his death in 1844, a member of St. Andrews Lodge No. 10 and of Union Chapter No. 3 of Royal Arch Masons. His dying request was that his fellow Masons should escort his wife safely to her father’s home in New Hampshire from Wilmington, North Carolina. This they gladly did. They also aided her to sell her husband’s business, from which she secured a certain sum of money. A large portion of the estate was in slaves, but Mrs. Eddy refused to sell human life and they were soon set free. Not only did these fellow Masons show her every consideration, but her family received her into the home with open arms, where she lived continuously, a beloved member, for many years.

January 11, 1930 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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