Preparation and Protection

Much has been said and written about protection. Human thought in its blindness to what is true offers many suggestions for ways that it likes to term means of protection. Devices innumerable have been made in various forms for deliverance from danger, from accident, sickness, loss, shipwreck, and so on; but not one of these devices proves to be a means of never failing safety from any of the foes to happiness. For even the thought of these so-called inventions often produces the belief of danger; and while some of them may seem necessary at present, they are often frail reeds upon which to lean.

What, then, must be done in order to feel safe at all times? The answer is that we must learn to know God, as taught by Christ Jesus and Christian Science. On page 473 of her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy has written: "The God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power." To realize this with true spiritual discernment is to feel assured at all times of certain protection. God, divine Mind, divine Principle, knows no evil—and He is all; therefore, to know in times of seeming danger that the law of divine Principle is in operation and ever available is a sure haven from the storm. When thought is obedient to this law, no evil power, so called, can make itself felt. When one is hidden in "the secret place of the most High,"—the consciousness of divine Love, whose power is infinite,—safety is insured.

The dangers which mankind seems to fear are accident, lack, loss, and sickness; but what of other and probably more subtle dangers? What of envy, malice, greed, self-seeking, revenge, and many others? Are not these the very thoughts that cause the perils mentioned above? They assuredly are! And to replace them with brotherly love is a part of true protection; for unselfish love, being of God, knows not evil, and therefore can manifest no evil; and brotherly love consists of thoughts that are constantly declaring the allness of God's love as alike for all men. So, again as always, the available, ever present, divine law by its very purity assures a triumphant safeguard!

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The Place of Understanding
February 20, 1926

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