Protection

What is the reason for the widespread belief that time and again men are saved from accident or catastrophe by a power outside of and greater than themselves? Many can tell of some occasion of seeming disaster when they have been saved as by a miracle; many can relate how in what seemed dire extremity of sickness they have been relieved from distress and healed; and all of these will admit that the saving or the healing was the result, not of some material agency, but of a power which to them appeared to be altogether apart from matter and from any efforts of their own. Some will say, in explanation, that God must have intervened in their behalf. And that is nearer the truth than, perhaps, the majority will care to admit; for be mankind ever so ignorant of the fact, spiritual law never ceases in its activity; and spiritual law is the healing and saving law of God.

The prophet Daniel knew a great deal about God's law and its operation, and the conditions under which it acts. It was because of this knowledge that on being cast into the den of lions at the command of King Darius, he remained uninjured; so that when the king, having repented him of his deed, came to the den, Daniel was able to say to him, "My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me," adding the reason for his protection,—"forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt." Innocency was Daniel's protection. He was one of the most spiritually-minded of the Hebrew prophets; and in proportion to his spirituality he rose above materiality, even to the extent of controlling the rapacity of the lions.

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From the Directors
July 14, 1923
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