The thought of divine protection, so often eagerly sought for, is found through a correct understanding of many Scriptural passages; for instance, the 91st Psalm, which is ever dear to Christian Scientists. This guarding presence is not characterized by animal strength or bars of steel, but the protection is none the less sure and certain: "Because thou hast made the Lord, ... thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. ... He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."

While walking through a business thoroughfare one evening recently, this thought of the protection of spiritual purity and enlightenment was emphasized by noticing that most of the shops, although closed, were being protected not by guards and bars, but by a light kept burning all night and making the interior plainly visible from the street. This I readily appreciated was the simplest and best means of preventing undesirable intrusion; as detection would be almost immediate and eviction sure. So, if we only kept the windows of our consciousness clear and the light of truth ever aflame, the unwelcome intruders—sin, disease, and death—would find no lodgment, and these robbers of peace and happiness would be expelled by enlightened understanding, even as we are taught in our text-book and in the other works of our revered Leader.

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