There are two passages in the Bible that hold...

There are two passages in the Bible that hold special meaning for me. One is Psalms 36:6, which reads in part, "O Lord, thou preservest man and beast." The other is Genesis 9:13, 16: "I do set my bow in the cloud.... And I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature." Also I've benefited from pondering Mary Baker Eddy's statement (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 550), "God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men."

When I was a child growing up on a farm, one winter night we had an unusually bad snowstorm. The next day, when my dad went out to begin his daily chores, he noticed a movement in a snowbank next to one of the barns. Upon investigation he found a beautiful large bird, the size of a swan, partially buried in the snow. (No one in our family had ever seen a bird of this type, but later someone identified it as a loon.) My dad brought it inside for warmth and protection; we gave it water and food, and it survived. When the weather grew warmer, we released it and it flew away.

Many years later I was somewhat in the same circumstances as that bird had been. Buffeted by the storms of a material view of the world, early one rainy Wednesday evening I found myself outside a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, in my area. I was discouraged, distressed by the serious illness of a loved one, and distraught because our financial supply was fast dwindling. I felt my world was crumbling beneath me.

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Testimony of Healing
When my retirement came, I was a little fearful of the future
February 7, 1983

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