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Safe in this house

From the January 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Our toddler granddaughter is especially aware of new or loud sounds. So when a thunderstorm rolled through town, she was eager to tell about it: “The thunder went, Boom! Boom! But Mommy said, ‘It can’t come into our house, and Mommy and Daddy will always keep you safe.’ ” She wanted to share the important facts she had learned: She’s safe inside her house, and she can trust her parents to protect her always.

Several weeks later, our granddaughter’s words came to thought. They were a perfect encapsulation of the truths being brought out in that week’s Bible Lesson (found in the Christian Science Quarterly) on the subject “God the Preserver of Man.” The Lesson identified God as our divine Parent, infinite Father-Mother Love, and showed that we can trust in God’s ability to keep us safe because He is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.

The Lesson also had a passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, in which Mary Baker Eddy illumines the Twenty-third Psalm by substituting Love for Lord. She writes: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [Love] for ever” (p. 578).

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