Prayer Instead of Fear

The mother of two small boys noted that one had disappeared from the yard. Upon inquiry she was informed proudly by the younger that his brother had taken their new bicycle to see if he could ride in traffic. Fear flashed across the face of the mother, a beginner in the study of Christian Science. The little fellow beside her had been but a month in a Christian Science Sunday School, but seeing her expression said matter-of-factly, "Why don't you pray, Mother, 'stead of being 'fraid?" The mother gratefully and humbly re-entered the house to pray instead of fear.

In the years following, as that mother has learned to pray more understanding she has seen the boy who rode safely through heavy traffic come safely home from the scene of battle. She has seen so-called incurable disease disappear before the prayer that understands God is good and God is All.

We know that the allness of God precludes evil; there is no place for evil, nor substance to it. The following lines by Mary Baker Eddy illustrate the realization that must accompany true prayer (Poems, p. 79):

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Call to Duty
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