Frightening phone calls: no "terror by night"

Many years ago I received several frightening late-night telephone calls. As a student of Christian Science, I had a deep trust that God would guide me and help me in a very practical way, so I set aside preconceived ideas about what I should do and I prayed. I was trusting in good and was willing to let God bring a healing answer.

The answer that came was for me to hang up gently. That may seem like an obvious solution. But there was more to my response than a mechanical action. I was also taking a moral stand; I was standing for the spiritual fact that good is the only power and evil does not have to be indulged in or responded to. My refusal to listen or to be afraid—the caller had threatened to come to my house—was in fact my refusal to participate in the actions of evil or to be manipulated by evil, because I knew that evil is a lie. And soon the calls stopped.

January 27, 1986

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