From a certain town nestled high between mountain tops, there went out roads along mountain sides where tourists drove to enjoy the superb view. Well does the writer remember a certain very sharp curve in one of these roads as it wound upwards. At this point there was a high cliff on the one side, and a yawning chasm on the other. A conspicuous sign was placed near this curve warning travelers to drive slowly, as it was a danger spot. Some there were, however, who, either from carelessness or from overzeal, disobeyed the warning; and unfortunate consequences sometimes followed. A few years later the writer returned to the same place, and observed with gratitude that a strong railing of iron rods had been placed on the outside of the curve for the protection of the careless and disobedient. Of course, it was love that had prompted the placing of this iron barrier; and no one doubted this, although it was a restraint to the headstrong and rebellious. When the writer noted the iron rods of protection, she was reminded of this verse from Revelation: "And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne." Instantly a great sense of gratitude went out to God for the divine protection provided in the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Manual of The Mother Church,—these rods of iron for our protection, to keep us in the way of Life. Mrs. Eddy says (Poems, p. 4):—

"Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing;In that sweet secret of the narrow way,Seeking and finding, with the angels sing:'Lo, I am with you alway,'—watch and pray."

"A bruised reed"
August 19, 1922

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