Those of a certain generation will recall the 1960’s and ‘70’s TV ad of a little boy named Anthony dashing through Boston’s North End to get home in time for supper because Wednesday was Prince Spaghetti Day!
But for Christian Scientists, Wednesdays have a very different significance. It’s the day that Christian Science churches around the world hold their Testimony Meeting—a service in which attendees testify as to how Christian Science has enabled them to overcome diseases, financial and employment problems, emotional and relationship issues, or any other problem that we all encounter in our experiences. It’s a time for healing and inspiration.
This meeting, along with the Sunday Service, is required of all Christian Science churches—and by extension their members.
Yet in many branch churches, a fair number of members do not attend those mid-week meetings.
So when did we get to feel that our attendance at this very important meeting was optional—a meeting established by Mary Baker Eddy?
In her Church Manual, Mrs. Eddy stated:
Testimony in regard to the healing of the sick is highly important. More than a mere rehearsal of blessings, it scales the pinnacle of praise and illustrates the demonstration of Christ, “who healeth all thy diseases” (p. 47)
If our testimonies of healing do indeed fit her description—and they certainly should—then how could we at all feel that this is not a demand on us to be present, publicly praising God and proclaiming what the Science of the Christ has done and is doing for us in our lives?
Don’t we all have healings to relate to others? Haven’t we all been learning things in our study of Christian Science that we can share?
Can we actually be made to believe that it is God who is telling us that our presence and support are not needed? That we shouldn’t have to testify to the good that He/She has given us?
In other words, what whisperings of the “serpent” are gently blowing on the tympanum of your thought to keep you away?
Perhaps you feel you have so much on your plate with work, family, social obligations, etc., that to attend the Wednesday meeting is just too much—that it’s overload. I understand busy schedules, but shouldn’t we be making sure that spiritual requirements are the top priority in our lives? A priority that will bless all of our activities? A priority that, of even greater import, will help bless and heal someone else?
And think about this:
When all men are bidden to the feast, the excuses come. (Science and Health, p. 130)
So here’s a basic question to ask ourselves—one that cuts right to the heart of the matter: Do we believe that Mrs. Eddy knew what she was doing when she instituted these two weekly services or not?
If we’re Christian Scientists, our answer should only be in the affirmative. And if so, then we’d better start coming through and living up to what our Leader requires of us.
And remember, unlike Anthony, the feast we’re partaking of on Wednesdays is truly nourishing.
Wednesday is Christian Science Testimony Day!