Letter from Mary Baker Eddy

The handwriting featured in the design of the Concord application and packaging is from a letter written by Mary Baker Eddy to Clara Shannon. It is reprinted here, courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Collection. [L07761] © 2012 The Christian Science Board of Directors.

January 9, 1893 “Pleasant View” Concord

My precious Student,

I was glad to read your sweet meek letter. But I see no reason why you are not as ready as others who have entered the pulpit, and hope you will assume this sacred trust. God will direct you in all your ways, if you trust Him. Faith must take hold before sight or fruition, and this faith will, when instructed in divine Science, become understanding and you will have no doubts, and every proof of His promise: “Lo! I am with you always.”

Trust Him dear, read daily the Bible and Science and Health and pray the prayer of our Lord’s in your own words, ask for His Kingdom to come, for Love Truth and Life to govern all your desires aims and motives, to feed you with faith and a clear knowledge of Good, to make you patient, forgiving, long suffering, and merciful, compassionate, even as the dear God is thus to you and you desire Him to be, and thus reflect this God, Good, in all His qualities etc. etc. My desire is that this year shall be crowned with mercies for you and all. My kind wishes to your Mother and all my dear students and I am as ever lovingly Yours

Mary B. G. Eddy