SAFELY sheltered by mountains, and lying along the ocean on the Pacific Coast of the United States, is a certain small section which is of special interest because of its peculiar adaptability to the successful culture of the lily. Here, safe from harsh winds and sharp rise and fall in temperature, this symbol of purity in the floral kingdom comes naturally into fullness of maturity and beauty. Such an instance of harmonious development hints the divine order of unfoldment in the kingdom of God, wherein all creation is eternally maintained in purity, perfection, and safety.

Deep in the human heart lies the longing for safety. Today, in ever-increasing measure, mankind turns to the contemplation of ways and means to attain it. Legion are those who are talking about it, and individuals and great combinations of men are earnestly striving to do something about it. Statesman and material scientists burn the midnight oil in well-intentioned human effort to find the way, and hope rises again and again, only to turn to doubt, discouragement, and despair with the recognition that the inventions of men which promise safety on the one hand point to destruction on the other.

But where is mankind looking? Largely within the realm of matter; within certain national or racial boundaries; in human legislation, government, policies; in material science or invention; in family background, environment, or educational advantage; in social or financial position; or in material weapons and physical strength. Faith has long been placed in material ways and means only to find them wanting. Christian Science teaches that true and abiding safety is to be found solely in Spirit. The wise King Solomon counseled his people (Prov. 3:5, 6, 23): "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ... Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely." It is inconceivable that He whose love includes the lilies of the field could have failed to provide safely for His children.

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December 30, 1950

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