Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Safe in Love's Care

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Safe in Love's Care

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In praying for the safety of individuals around the world, I am reminded of how important it is to bring genuine love for one another to our efforts to be alert to our surroundings.

This doesn't mean we act naively or close our eyes to what seems to be going on around us. Instead, we can pray to recognize who all of us truly are as God's loved children. This brings a sense of wisdom, unity, and care to families and neighborhoods, and opens our thought to God's protecting guidance.

The basis for understanding man's true identity is found in the Bible. For instance, the prophet Malachi asks: "Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?" (Malachi 2:10). And in Ephesians, we read, "Ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God" (2:19).

I like thinking of everyone as being a "fellow citizen ... of the household of God" - each created spiritually, governed by God, who is divine Love, and naturally expressing and receiving divine good. Everyone, in truth, has "a goodly heritage," as the Psalmist tells us (Psalms 16:6). We are absolutely inseparable from divine Love, created in its very image. This spiritual fact means that even in dangerous situations, we can pray to feel the presence of our Father- Mother God, and experience safety.

Christ Jesus demonstrated this throughout his healing ministry, such as when he passed safely through an angry crowd that wanted to push him off a hill (see Luke 4:28-31). "He passing through the midst of them went his way," the Bible tells us.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you" (p. 571). No negative element can touch the man or woman of God's creating. As we come to understand who we truly are as God's spiritual, loved, cared- for creation, we experience safety and protection in our lives.

I have seen proof of this in my own experience. At one time I lived in a city neighborhood that was considered a high-crime area. It was important to be alert and aware of one's surroundings at all times. …

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