"I GIRDED THEE"

Lately it came to me very clearly how true these words of our Leader are: "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need" (Science and Health, p. 494); and as I dwelt upon the first affirmation I realized how in the past my needs had been met according to my understanding, divine Love being with me even then, although I knew it not. One especial instance of this fact comes into my thought and fills me with gratitude. When but a child of about twelve years old I was seized with a fear of immediate death, although I was well. I said nothing to any one about this fear, but it seemed to haunt me and morbid pictures presented themselves to my mental vision. Just at this time my father, who is a clergyman, invited a neighboring curate to preach for him. I went as usual to church, and when the text of the sermon was given out I felt as if a direct message had come to me, for it was the verse, "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord." I was then and there healed of the fear, and have never forgotten the relief I experienced. Again, when quite a child, I lost a little pearl ring which my mother had given me, and I did not know whereabouts it had been dropped. Again I said nothing to any one, but instinctively I went to God in my trouble and I prayed incessantly that the ring might be found. At the end of a few days the ring was brought up from the village smithy; it had been stepped on by a horse and become embedded in the soft part of the foot, where it was found when he came to be shod. The owner of the horse said, "Perhaps it belongs to one of the young ladies up at the rectory," and at once brought it there. I looked upon the event as a miracle, and for many years wore the little battered ring on my watch-chain in order to be reminded of the answer to prayer.

As the years rolled on I however grew more and more discouraged, until the light of Christian Science came to me. Looking back I now see how true the verse is, "I girded thee, though thou hast not known me," and as I advance in understanding I realize more or less clearly that as the errors of the past were met and trials overcome by divine Love, they are being met today with the fuller understanding gained from our revered Leader's writings, and always will be met as the future unfolds more of Truth and Love.

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