"As birds flying"

With each recurring spring, when comes the joyful realization that "lo, the winter is past. ... The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come," thought is apt to dwell on the many references and comparisons in the Bible which liken the love and protection of God to birds and to their attributes. The beautiful passage in Isaiah, "As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it," brings out very clearly this thought of love and protection.

To be defended, delivered, and preserved—what more could we ask? Sometimes, as Christian Scientists, in the security and safety which we experience in our consciousness of the all-abiding power and ever-presence of God, good, we almost forget to be grateful for our deliverance from the fears and alarms which so often beset us before we learned of the practical, ever available power and protection, here and now, of our Father-Mother God.

As we endeavor to apply our knowledge of Christian Science, humbly and gratefully seeking to share the intelligence of the one divine Mind, which is ever ours by divine reflection, gaining good each day by the prayerful study of our Christian Science Quarterly Lesson-Sermons from the Bible and our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, together with the other writings of our revered Leader, and also by means of the reading of the Christian Science periodical literature provided for us through her wisdom, we find that even in the smallest details of our daily lives, as well as in our more momentous decisions, the presence of God is ever with us to direct our paths. This truth is lucidly expressed on page 226 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," where Mrs. Eddy writes: "What are termed in common speech the principle of harmonious vibration, the principle of conservation of number in geometry, the principle of the inclined plane in mechanics, etc., are but an effect of one universal cause,—an emanation of the one divine intelligent Principle that holds the earth in its orbit by evolved spiritual power, that commands the waves and the winds, that marks the sparrow's fall, and that governs all from the infinitesimal to the infinite,—namely, God."

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"Onward, Christian soldiers"
April 30, 1927

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