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The flower of safety

From the January 2001 issue of The Christian Science Journal


In shakespeare's play King Henry IV, the character Hotspur comments, ". . . out of this nettle danger we pluck this flower safety." King Henry IV, Part 1, Act ll, scene 3 .

Brave words, but they didn't prove sufficient protection against court intrigue and the hazards of battle. Sadly, human means of avoiding danger don't always bring success. A more spiritually based approach to life finds safety in something more consistent—the laws of harmony established by the Supreme Being. Speaking of God's laws, Mary Baker Eddy writes: "Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science." Science and Health, p. 232.

I first learned about these divine laws in the Christian Science Sunday School. I learned there that God is totally loving, that He is Spirit, and that each of us is the spiritual effect of divine Principle. We are controlled by this Principle, and contrary to human belief, we're not material entities, subject to material laws. Principle is responsible for its "ideas," provides for their welfare, maintains them through its spiritual laws. So they are not subject to chance. These truths are provable.

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