Henry and the knights

Henry was visiting his aunt and uncle. He got to go to the beach and play in the waves. He went to an air show and watched the planes. 

One day, his uncle told him that they were going to a dinner show where you eat with your hands instead of silverware, like they did in olden times, and watch knights on horseback. Henry didn’t know what a knight was. His uncle told him that knights stood up for good and defended people from bad things. Henry thought that was a good thing to do and that maybe, someday, he’d like to be a knight, too. 

At dinner, Henry discovered he liked eating with his hands. And he especially liked the horses, and the knights in their suits of armor.

Later, though, Henry didn’t feel so happy. As he was going to bed, he told his aunt that he didn’t want to go home.

“Why not?” she asked him. 

He told her about the kids at school who knocked his papers out of his hands and stomped them into the mud. He hid from them at recess. 

His aunt could see that he was feeling worried and unhappy. She put her arms around him and asked if he had ever talked to God about this. Henry said he didn’t know how.

His aunt explained that one way to know God is through the names for God that you can find in the Bible and in a book called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. 

“I read from these books every day to learn more about God and how He cares for us,” she told Henry. She said that they could go through the names together and that he could think of each name for God sort of like a knight that was always with him and protecting him. The names she shared with him were Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth, and Love.

She told Henry that the “knight” called Principle was defending him with God’s law of good. Mind was telling him just what to do. The “knight” known as Soul was holding him in harmony. She told him about Spirit, Life, and Truth, which were telling him that he could see all the kids as God’s children, good and loving. The “knight” of Love was holding him close and safe.

His aunt told him that he was constantly surrounded by God’s goodness, so he was never alone. God was always with him—on vacation, at home, and at school. Henry felt comforted and went to sleep.

Two days after he got home, Henry called his aunt and uncle to tell them he wasn’t afraid anymore. He knew the knights of God were with him. Things changed at school, too. The bullying stopped.

Henry learned that anytime we’re feeling afraid, we can always turn to God for help. And God’s power of good is always there to defend us and protect us.

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