"The Lord is my shepherd"

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters."  Ps. 23:1, 2; For centuries mankind have derived comfort and healing from the twenty-third Psalm, for it speaks to them of God's loving provision and care.

To students of Christian Science, it has taken on even greater meaning because Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has given the spiritual, or incorporeal, sense of the word "Lord" in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She writes: "[Divine love ] is my shepherd; I shall not want. [Love ] maketh me to lie down in green pastures: [love ] leadeth me beside the still waters." Science and Health, p. 578;

Love gives us rest and nourishment in the green pastures of understanding, where we feed upon the Word of God and strengthen ourselves with the truth of spiritual being. Love leads us beside the still waters of Life, where we drink deeply of their pure, healing depths. Here are no troubled waves of fearful, mortal belief. Here is only the calm reflection of Truth and Love, the serenity of spiritual consciousness. In these waters the flock of Love's tender care slake their thirst for reality—things divine—for a fuller consciousness of God.

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The Motherhood of God
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