Angels and Protection

The definition of angels, as given in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy (p. 581), "God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect," is very helpful, especially at a time like the present when the human mind is looking everywhere for guidance and direction. Mrs. Eddy also says on page 174 of this textbook, "The angels of His presence—the spiritual intuitions that tell us when 'the night is far spent, the day is at hand'—are our guardians in the gloom." Many of us are learning through the teachings of Christian Science how to entertain these angels and bring into practical experience their healing presence. Many times we have wrestled all night with error, as did Jacob until an angel came and delivered him. The ninety-first psalm, illumined through the teachings of Christian Science, which is so dear to all Christian Scientists, has been one of my greatest helps, and from the many testimonies given by soldiers in the trenches, we know that it has been for many of them a staff upon which to lean, carrying them safely through the many dangers they have encountered.

I have had many opportunities to prove the practical side of this wonderful teaching, and the following incident is but one of many. Several years ago, while in the employ of one of the transcontinental railroads, I decided to take a week-end trip across the mountains to the other side of the state, to visit a city where I had never been before. It was my custom when walking along the street to ponder the ninety-first psalm, and on this particular day the passage, "He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways," seemed to have a special meaning for me, although up to this time there had been no fear of any kind regarding the trip, which had been looked forward to with the greatest of pleasure. About an hour before train time, however, a great sense of impending danger came over me. I tried to analyze my thought to see what was causing it, but could find no reason for fear; yet it seemed impossible to silence the voice which kept urging me not to go.

"The signs of the times"
January 11, 1919

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