True security rests in an understanding of God. There is no genuine safety except through realization of God's presence. We gain this realization through prayer. In moments of quiet communion we are aware of God's presence. This is the safe and secret place or presence of which the Psalmist sang (Ps. 91:1,2): "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."

We are sheltered in God's keeping and are safe. We are like a flock under the shepherd's care, moving in quiet pastures and beside still waters. Aware of Love's presence, we know that man cannot be snatched from the grasp of divine Principle or made to believe that he moves in an orbit of his own apart from Mind. The all-knowing omnipotent Mind, which is God, is the only Mind, and since we in reality exist in this Mind, we are safe in its keeping.

One with a wealth of spiritual experience does not doubt the power of divine Love to supply his every need. His faith is constantly tested, but his trust is justified. He finds his safety in Soul. Soul is not a fragile sense of an existence which was infused at birth and is supposed to escape from its material environment by death. We do not possess a soul of this description. "What evidence of Soul or of immortality have you within mortality?" asks Mary Baker Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 478). And she adds, "What basis is there for the theory of indwelling spirit, except the claim of mortal belief?"

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