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The Bible teaches that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Ps. 46:1). I have always liked the use of that word present. The idea of God always being right with us wherever we are is very comforting. Science and Health describes God as being omnipresent, meaning always and everywhere present. And in the spiritual interpretation of the Lord's Prayer, where Jesus prayed, "Thy kingdom come," Science and Health states, "Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present" (p.16).

I had the opportunity to rely on this concept of God's ever-presence a couple of years ago while working in my vegetable garden. Late one afternoon, I realized the okra needed cutting. (You don't pick okra; you have to cut the pod off a thick, fibrous stem.) I was using a sharp new pair of garden shears in my right hand, while holding the stem with my left. Since it was late in the day and I was still wearing my sunglasses, my visibility was not as good as it might have been. Without knowing it, on one cut I missed the stem and caught the tip of my ring finger in the shears. An immediate jolt of pain ran all the way up my arm, and I was afraid that I'd severed the tip of my finger.

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