Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Always Awake

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Always Awake

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IN the middle of a winter night I suddenly woke, impelled to go upstairs. There was no obvious reason, and on the surface everything seemed normal. But when I got upstairs, a red glow lighted up heavy smoke. The smokestack on the wood stove was glaring red with heat. My husband went up onto the roof and found that the chimney was frozen shut with ice. He cleared the obstruction, and smoke began clearing out of the house. The wood stove cooled down. While I was grateful for our safety, at first I was also disturbed with thoughts and worries about what might have happened. I knew the smoke detector was in working condition and wondered why it hadn't gone off. I was beginning to get quite agitated, worrying what we would have done if the house had caught fire. Wait a minute. Wake up here! The Bible gives many accounts of disaster being avoided. And, it explains why calamities are prevented. God is always awake and caring for His creation. In this case my fears were quieted and expectation of safety was strengthened as I remembered these verses from Psalms: "Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper . . . . The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil" (121:4, 5, 7). As I prayed, I reasoned that to be conscious, or have consciousness, there must be mind. Divine Mind is used as a synonym for God in Christian Science. To have one God, we must have one Mind. Mary Baker Eddy discovered Christian Science. In her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, this sentence is found: "The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering" (p. …
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