Eliminating mental disasters

Earthquake predictions and fears had reached a new high. Maps of the San Andreas fault and other potential trouble spots indicated fault lines zigzagging off in all directions. Our own house appeared precariously located.

Panic time? No! Time for spiritual reassurance. I opened the Bible. "The world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved." Ps. 93: 1. "And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places." Isa. 32: 18. Then I turned to Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. "There is no vapid fury of mortal mind—expressed in earthquake, wind, wave, lightning, fire, bestial ferocity—and this so-called mind is self destroyed.... Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil." Science and Health, p. 293. As I pondered these truths, I found my fear of this threat lessening until I was completely at peace.

We can all find spiritual reassurance in the face of "earthquake" threats of a different sort. Mental earthquakes, so to speak—the fears, the disappointments, the regrets, the human encounters that "shake" us up, threaten our joy and peace of mind. "Be thou a steadfast ray," Christian Science Hymnal, No. 14. a hymn enjoins. Man is the steady reflection of a steady God, who is unchanging Principle. Man doesn't fluctuate in and out of safety. He is always safe because he is always in the presence of God—the safest possible environment. Man is not a victim of circumstances, but has dominion—God-given dominion over the earth.

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The symphony
July 9, 1984

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