Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Safe under Sudden Attack ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Safe under Sudden Attack ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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If in broad daylight - in a school, office, home, or on a quiet country road - some random act of violence can suddenly confront any of us, how can we ever feel truly safe?

Anyone can use what the Bible calls "the whole armour of God" as a sure defense. It's not a cumbersome coat of mail or a high-tech security system. It's the understanding of one's own innocence as a child of God, of God's constant control, of His protection and guidance. It's entirely spiritual.

A whole den of potentially vicious lions did not open their mouths when Daniel was tossed in with them. St. Paul quickly shook off a poisonous snake that had fastened on his hand - with no ill effects. Jesus slipped out of the grasp of a violent mob. They all wore this invisible armor that completely protected them.

The Christian Science textbook, speaking of God's power, says: "Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions' den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless. All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy, pg. 514).

This understanding of God - and the feeling of safety - is just as available now. Out for a walk one day, I chose a new road. For me, walks are precious prayer time. Time to be grateful for God's goodness, for the beauty and harmony of His creation. Time to pray for peace and love in my neighborhood.

Strolling along, I suddenly became aware of something behind me. When I looked around, I saw a big dog that had obviously broken its chain and was following me.

He continued on with me quite a way. He seemed friendly enough - until we came near his property. Suddenly, he became violent - jumping on me, biting at my arms, and tangling his legs in mine in an effort to take me down.

I asked God for guidance. Should I go into the driveway and attempt to hook him up? Should I flag down a passing car for help? To both questions the answer was no - just keep moving forward. It was clear that I should try to remain fearless.

Moving slowly toward home while still under attack, I continued to pray. …

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