Several years ago we had just completed the construction...

Several years ago we had just completed the construction of our home. Outside the house grew a magnificent oak tree, which our little daughter loved to climb. Its spreading branches graced our front yard while providing shelter and rest for the migrating songbirds. A large rock jutted out from the ground to one side of the tree's base. One day I was out pruning rose bushes near the front fence when I heard a voice calling, "Look, Mommy, how high I am!" I looked up in time to see her fall out of the oak tree. When she came down, her head hit the boulder beneath.

She lay still, and appeared to be unconscious, but it was clear in my thought as I went to her that she was safe from harm as God's own child. Feeling His presence right there, all around, I felt no fear. This idea was expressed by the Psalmist when he sang: "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I fleefrom thy presence? ... If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me" (Ps. 139:7, 9, 10). A spiritual idea is not made of bones or flesh, and in God there is nothing that can fall or be injured. God being All-in-all, I knew our daughter could never be outside the living presence of divine Love, her creator and her Life. In that Life I felt the perfect assurance of her absolute safety.

September 12, 1994

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