There’s a new book out titled “Life at 400 Beacon Street,” which documents what working in Mary Baker Eddy’s household was like during her years living at Chestnut Hill.
The book jacket states, “The following pages introduce some of the men and women who served on Mrs. Eddy’s staff in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, between 1908 and 1910. From all walks of life, they were ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, invited to come live and work in one of the most mentally active, high-profile households in the world: The home of the Discoverer, Founder, and Leader of Christian Science.”
I’m reading the book now, and thoroughly enjoying the fresh insights it offers into the kind of metaphysical discipline Mrs. Eddy expected of her workers, and the huge healing benefits they received in return.
For instance, on page 200, in a section explaining what the daily routine was like for the kitchen staff, Heather Vogel Frederick, the author of the book, wrote,
“There was more to the kitchen work than just the daily round of grocery shopping and preparing, serving, and cleaning up after meals. As with all the work undertaken in her home, Mrs. Eddy expected everything to be approached prayerfully.
“For example, she impressed upon Ella Rathvon, one of the metaphysical workers, ‘When ministering your daily tasks, do not think that you have done something through matter, but know that God has done it through Mind.’”
I love that last statement! As you go about your daily routine, “…do not think that you have done something through matter, but know that God has done it through Mind!”
You might want to remember that truth as you go about your daily routine. Chances are, that your work will go easier and be far more enjoyable.