How manifold are the promises of God to His children concerning their preservation, protection, and deliverance! In Genesis we read, "Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest;" again, in Revelation, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." How beautiful and inspiring it is to learn from these and unnumbered other Scripture passages that God's promises are the same "yesterday, and today, and forever;" that Truth changes not, and that even as God saved His people in the days of Moses and David and Christ Jesus, so He can and does save them today!

In proof of our Father's protecting care, let me give a personal experience. One beautiful spring afternoon a school-teacher, who is a Christian Scientist, took her pupils to a neighboring hilltop to gather spring flowers and enjoy the splendid view. One side of the hill had long since been converted into a stone quarry, and so much had been cut away that it presented a precipitous bluff with a perpendicular drop of not less than twenty-five feet, at the base of which were many loads of undressed stone. The teacher and pupils made the ascent from the other side of the hill, and as they were nearing the summit she asked the children to keep close beside her and by no means to go near the stone quarry.

The flowers were beautiful, and soon all were deeply engrossed in their pleasant task. After a little while the teacher had a feeling of disquietude, as if something were not quite right. She looked toward the bluff above the stone quarry just in time to catch sight of one of the little girls as she disappeared over the edge of the precipice. For a second, fear that seemed utterly overwhelming in its intensity seized her, but instantly it was denied; then there came and remained a complete conviction, a steadfast realization, of God's power and presence and protection, a knowledge of God's allness, which was growing ever clearer and more convincing.

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Love's Way
July 11, 1914

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