God provides everlasting protection from the seeming floods of evil


The using of Mary Baker Eddy's poems as hymns has brought them to the attention of Christian Science congregations in the widest possible manner. Love for them grows as their spiritual meaning unfolds in thought, and innumerable healings result from the truths they express. Particular truths touch the thought at different times, bringing enlightenment, comfort, and healing to meet the need of the moment. No matter how familiar the words may be, new glimpses of their deep significance keep coming to one.

One sultry Wednesday late in September, a day in which there had been extremes in temperature with frequent storms, a Christian Scientist felt impelled to go to the window of her apartment over looking Lake Michigan. There she saw a striking phenomenon. The lake was completely hidden by clouds, extremely black ones to the north. To the south they were somewhat lighter and were spanned with a brilliant rainbow, wider and more vivid than she had ever seen before. Immediately a phrase from Mrs. Eddy's poem "Love," which she had often sung as a hymn, came to her thought, and she joyously exclaimed, " 'A bow of promise on the cloud.'" More of the poem followed (Poems, p. 7):

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March 19, 1949

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