[Of Special Interest to Children]

One day a group of children were reading a story about a little rabbit that had been turned out of her home by a big, bad goat. The rabbit went to her friends to get help. She asked the pig, the cow, and the dog to help, but they all replied: "I cannot help you. I am afraid of old Mr. Goat." Because they were afraid of him, they could not help the rabbit turn the goat out. They believed the goat could hurt them.

A Christian Scientist listening to the story thought, "How true it is that if we are afraid of something, it is hard to turn it out of our thinking or help others to do so." This made her think of Christian Science practitioners, who help us when we ask them. She realized that practitioners can help us because they are not afraid. They do not believe that sickness or any other error is able to hurt us or make us unhappy, because they understand that God, good, is All. If we remember that God is good and is everywhere and has all power, nothing can make us afraid.

Christ Jesus proved this truth. In the Bible we read that once when Jesus was asleep in a ship on the sea a great storm arose, and the disciples became very fearful. Because they were afraid, they could not do anything to help. So they awoke the Master, saying (Matt. 8:25), "Lord, save us: we perish." The Bible tells us that Jesus asked them, "Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?" Then he "rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm."

August 2, 1958

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