Love's protective care is beautifully illustrated in the Bible story of Noah, who was instructed by God to build an ark to provide for himself, his family, and the creatures which accompanied him a place of safety from the destructive waters of the flood.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, through spiritual insight interpreted the Bible for us so that its higher and more practical meaning becomes apparent. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" she gives the scientific definition of "ark," which reads in part (p.581), "Safety; the idea, or reflection, of Truth, proved to be as immortal as its Principle; the understanding of Spirit, destroying belief in matter."

An earnest student of Christian Science was seized one night with a distressing physical condition. The pain was intense, and she felt that she was passing on. Through Christian Science help, she experienced some relief. However, the difficulty did not completely yield to the treatment. Each night the condition seemed aggravated until she realized that she had allowed herself to become mesmerized by fear of the night and of being alone. The words, "Put yourself in the ark," came to her. This angel message lifted her thought and enabled her to release herself from the burden of fear and to rest in God's love. She knew that Christian Science teaches that actually there is no night of darkened thought. Man walks in the light of Spirit, for he is a child of the day. The words of a loved hymn encouraged her (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 53):

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