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The armory of innocence

From the March 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Daniel’s challenge: a den of lions, 
the pride of power,
the untamed manes of animal prowess. 

Today I seem to face them, too:
Injustice, illness, anger, sorrow—
each one lurking near;
each one a fatal error.
How can I not feel so helpless and small
against these looming terrors? 

And yet, I come protected;
I already know
that even here, God is the authority,
outlawing animality.
Whatever comes to threaten me,
I will not accept what cannot be. 

As I bow in humility, knowing God’s purity,
Truth quietly commands
the growling voices of evil
to be silent;
Soul gently reprimands
the belief of malicious intent. 

Right here, in this formidable place,
I see no angry face;
no evil to contemplate;
no guilt, no room for hate.
Divine Love is in charge;
hatred is arrested. 

It was not animal strength,
but Daniel’s innocency, that was tested,
while the lions were corrected. 

So here, like Daniel,
without pistol or sword, or even a word,
as God’s own child I stand:

Untouched, unhurt, uncorrupted, guileless—
the armory of innocence
at hand.

—Katie Grigg-Miller

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