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I was fifteen years old and home in Chicago for Christmas vacation from boarding school. As I was walking in the dark one night, someone grabbed my right arm and stuck something against my back, and I heard a man’s voice say, “Do what I say, or I will kill you.”
The truths we learn in the Christian Science Sunday School never leave us! I am sure I remembered that we are never out of God’s care as I calmly checked the passing traffic to see if there might be anyone who noticed I needed help. There was no one. Next, I checked along the sidewalk behind us, but there was no one else around. Then this beautiful angel message came to me: “My only hope is to see God in him.” How could a young teenager have such a healing thought in such a threatening situation?
I’d been taught in Sunday School that the Bible says, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him” (Genesis 1:27), and that meant every single one of us was created by God, good. I believe learning the truth that we are all created by God kept me from panic and opened my thoughts to the beautiful angel message that I needed to see godliness in this man.
The man began pulling me toward an empty area under a billboard. I pulled back, and as he turned to look at me, I looked in his eyes, seeing only the man God created, and urged him to leave me alone. But he kept pulling me. I pulled back again, and looking in his eyes, I repeated, “Leave me alone!” He then gave me a push and said, “OK. Go on, then.”
What deep gratitude I had for God’s care as I ran home! Throughout my life I have often been healed of fear by remembering this wonderful experience of God’s love. This was palpable proof that, as it says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need” (p. 494). I am convinced that ever-present divine Love is the very highest protection. In times of strife, either in our families or around the globe, we should challenge ourselves to look for the good—the godliness—in others.
In an article called “Love your enemies” from her Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, Mrs. Eddy speaks of the victory that comes from working to have a more spiritualized view of others: “Heaven comes down to earth, and mortals learn at last the lesson, ‘I have no enemies’ ” (p. 10).
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