Green Pastures and Still Waters

During the long, anxious hours of a night of watching by the bedside of her child, a mother had much reason to be grateful for the healing and comfort derived from the twenty-third psalm as illuminated by Christian Science. It was then named "the cooling psalm," and it has ever remained such to the inmates of that home. On many an occasion during the last six years its benediction has been repeated in cases of need. Except the sips of cool water so frequently demanded when the little one was seemingly in a high fever, there was no other alternative employed than the constant repetition of this psalm; and it required little imagination or effort to lift thought from that mental picture of inharmony to the green pastures and the cool waters, while softly repeating to the little sufferer verse of the psalmist's inspiring words.

In the magnificent strength of their simplicity and the uplifting appeal of their great humility lay the restoration, and a quiet not to be found in all the drugs on earth. Because of their familiarity the remedy was close at hand, and between the few moments of sleep snatched at grateful intervals by the side of the little sufferer, the darkness hindered not at all the constant repetition of the well-known words, "The Lord is my shepherd." Mrs. Eddy gives us the spiritual sense of these words when she says divine Love is our Shepherd (see Science and Health, p. 578). Why then are we distressed and anxious when the verity of the Shepherd's care is understood and acknowledged?

"Out of the mouth of babes"
January 15, 1916

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