Understanding Life—a first footstep

To say life is eternal isn't just a hope. It can be proved now as we understand that Life is God.

February 1944. A testing time. Facing the start of my combat missions, I knew I could become overwhelmed by the fear of death or I could stand on what I had learned up to that point in Christian Science of the spiritual fact that Life is God. A conviction of the total reality of God, our ever-present Father and Mother, impelled me to cast my lot with Life.

I grabbed hold of strong, favorite Bible passages such as the 91st Psalm. I gained assurance from the words "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust." The psalm adds, "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday." During the ensuing months, when confronted with near-panic thoughts of impending danger, I reached out with all my heart, acknowledging the constant presence and protecting power of God. This provided substantial hope, as well as safety.

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