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Not a single sheep was lost

From the March 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal

“The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 574). We had an experience that demonstrated the truth of this quotation. 

In the 1970s my husband and I owned a ranch in Wyoming, where we raised sheep. One evening in late spring the weather report predicted an unusual overnight storm that would bring at least six inches of snow. We were very concerned because lambing season had just ended, and each of our one hundred ewes had a little lambkin and seemingly no way to protect it.  

We turned to God in prayer, asking for divine Mind’s guidance. We felt directed to gather the whole flock into a single small pasture, so no lambs could wander off during the night and become lost. We went to bed praying to feel God’s care and love for His creation.

In the morning we went to the pasture, and all we could see was a vast blanket of snow, but no sheep! Then we noticed here and there throughout the pasture little puffs of steam rising up through the surface of this vast white covering. It was the ewes’ breath penetrating the snowy cover.  

We realized all of our ewes were standing, side by side, still as statues, covered by six inches of white “insulation,” and their tiny newborns, warm, snug, and sheltered, stood directly under them, peacefully enjoying a warm breakfast of milk. What a marvelous solution to what had seemed an insurmountable problem! It proved that “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28).  

We shoveled some grain over the fence for the ewes. The rising sun melted the snowy blanket and warmed the sheep and their babies, and God’s day unfolded harmoniously. Not a single ewe or lambkin was lost. 

I am so grateful for the wonderful practicality of Christian Science, given to the world by Mary Baker Eddy. I rely on it to help me live fearlessly and joyously in harmony, health, and peace.

Virginia S. Wolff

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