If you’re reading this column, you’ve probably studied the Bible Lesson published in the Christian Science Quarterly at some point in the past day. More than that, you’ve probably worked with it, gotten useful ideas from it, and found ways to apply those ideas to benefit yourself, your family, your community, and the world at large.
Maybe you studied the Lesson using one of our print or digital Full-Text Editions. Or maybe you listened to one of the audio editions, or worked directly with our pastor, the books the Lesson comes from: the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. Which of those formats you find most helpful depends on your particular circumstances; there’s no single right procedure for studying the Lesson. What is important is that you approached it with an expectation that it would provide answers—solutions to anything that might arise during the day—and that it would inspire you to think more deeply about the metaphysical truths the Lesson holds as well as the questions it raises. And, of course, deeper study of the Lesson and expanded prayerful work with the pastor bring answers to those deeper questions, too.
As we prepare for publication the various editions of the Quarterly, we’re always considering how we can make them more useful, more effective avenues of communication with the pastor. We also receive many helpful suggestions and requests from our readers. These ideas are evaluated through prayer and inspiration, and those that contribute to a deeper engagement with the content of the Lesson, rather than just focus on its form, are implemented if financially feasible.