Evil isn't a noun or pronoun ... or verb

During an incident on a school playground, our third-grader became embroiled in a scuffle that injured him physically as well as emotionally. As a newcomer to the school, he was hurt more by not feeling welcome than by the punches thrown. We knew nothing of the incident, but the next morning he said his head and stomach hurt, and he wasn't at all interested in going to school.

Each morning our family practice has been to read and discuss citations from the Lesson-Sermon found in the Christian Science Quarterly, usually as we sit around the breakfast table. This gives us an opportunity to express gratitude for the healings we have experienced by applying God's truths, learned from the Scriptures and from Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. It's also a time to share questions and answers.

This particular morning we prayed quietly together to see more of God's love, knowing He doesn't allow His children to be separate from His goodness, care, and harmony. A short time after we had prayed in this way—acknowledging that God is all-power and claiming the true identity of each one as His perfect child—our son said he felt well and agreed to go to school.

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Insecurity: impossible in God's kingdom
February 10, 1986

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