Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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After two days in Paris, my new home, a new friend who was well acquainted with the city invited me out for dinner.

When I got home that evening, my host family was concerned, not only about the neighborhood I'd been in, but about what I'd ordered for dinner. Escargot (snails). They should be ordered only in the finest restaurants, they told me, because they can easily be spoiled. I went to bed unsettled, and as the night went on, I became increasingly unwell.

Prayer has always been an effective way for me to face down problems of any kind, so in my need during those early morning hours, I turned to God for help. I recognized the No. 1 culprit to be fear.

I questioned whether my sense of adventure was simply naive and unwise. Suddenly my new home and its promise felt frightening, unknown, and even unkind.

I prayed to accept that God was in this place. Though it seemed new to me, it was God's territory; He had always been there. I prayed to understand that the goodness of God was everywhere and that I was not on my own, but ever guided and guarded by a constant companioning Shepherd. Mary Baker Eddy, who established this newspaper, wrote, "He fills all space...," and I leaned hard on that statement ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 331). I saw it as a law of His supreme, all-enfolding government.

When Elisha, one of the biblical prophets, found himself in a situation where he needed to provide sustenance for a large group, but had very limited resources, he decided to make soup from whatever he and his friends could find in the vicinity. They gathered herbs and gourds, just the sorts of things that make a good soup, but when he served it up, they felt right away something was wrong. They called out, "There is death in the pot."

Elisha, often called "the man of God," was practiced in taking what appeared to be detrimental situations and altering them through what he knew to be true about the nature of God. …

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