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Angels are always present

From the August 7, 2017 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Angels are always present and immediately available to help us at any time. By listening for and acting upon divine inspiration from God, Spirit, we are promptly aided during any type of situation.

In the Bible, angels are referred to as “ministering spirits” (Hebrews 1:14). And in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy explains that these spiritual visitants are “God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality” (p. 581). 

Anyone can be aware of angels—precise thoughts from God. The Bible assures us that divine communication, the word of God, is “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12).

Reading and studying the Bible along with Science and Health helps a person to be divinely inspired and led by angels. These two books reveal our spiritual unity with God, and that His thoughts, angels, forever guide us. Confirming God’s constant guidance, the Psalmist in Scripture proclaims that God will “give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways” (Psalms 91:11).

Years ago, I was divinely guided and protected by an abundance of angels during a midday bicycle ride. Near a country crossroad, seconds before a car collided with my bicycle, I listened and then yielded to these spiritual intuitions. Silently acknowledging the ever-presence of God, I steered my bicycle in an unexpected way, which reduced the amount of contact the car had with it. 

Anyone can be aware of angels—precise thoughts from God.  

After falling on a patch of rough gravel, I quietly recited the Lord’s Prayer (see Matthew 6:9–13). The purity and goodness of this sacred prayer, which Christ Jesus gave, steered my thought toward God’s uninterrupted control of His creation. The driver of the car, which was now parked alongside the road, had approached while beginning a tirade against bicyclists. Nevertheless, these uplifting words from Science and Health quickly came to mind: “Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man” (p. 393). As I prayed with that spiritual truth, relying on the omnipotence of divine Spirit, intense pain swiftly diminished. I was then able to stand up and put my bicycle upright on the asphalt road.

It was again clear to me that angels are always present for correct guidance, because, as the driver was shouting, I realized that this was a perfect time to practice the Golden Rule, which Jesus gave to us: “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise” (Luke 6:31). So, I spoke a few kind words, which immediately disrupted the tirade. Plus, after the driver was assured that everything was all right, he appeared to become calmer and drove away. I was grateful for the return of quiet surroundings and to be completely alone with God.

Although one arm had been badly injured and there were other wounds, I continued to know that God and His angels are always present to guide, guard, and govern every action. I managed to remount the bicycle, which had not been damaged.

Throughout this situation, my ability to remain calm, think logically, and act accordingly did not originate from human determination or personal stamina. Rather, through prayer, I was able to keep my thought in accord with God, omnipotent Spirit, as my ever-present help.

While riding the bicycle back to my car, I recalled some verses from hymns and softly sang them. These words from one hymn stayed foremost in my thoughts: “Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear / No ill,—since God is good, and loss is gain” (Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 207).

For a number of months, I was comforted and strengthened daily by praying with truths from the Bible and Science and Health, comprehending the exactitude and applicability of these spiritual truths. These truths clarified that accidents and aggression are never part of God’s creation since divine Spirit imparts peace to all. Also, understanding the everlasting harmony of Spirit reveals that each one of us can express pure love to others, regardless of circumstances, since we are all spiritual ideas of God.

By keeping my prayers in accord with the all-embracing presence and power of divine Spirit, I saw myself as totally spiritual, not confined by a mortal body. Moreover, I realized that restorative qualities of divine Spirit are unlimited, never restricted by matter, and that Spirit includes unchanging perpetual movement.

Consequently, solely through the prayerful study and application of Christian Science, the badly injured arm was restored to its full range of movement and strength, and other wounds were fully healed. This complete healing substantiates the fact that angels, the inspiration of goodness, free us from adverse conditions. Overwhelming evidence of healing through prayer can be found in the Bible, where God promises, “I will restore health unto thee” (Jeremiah 30:17).

Angels naturally counteract erroneous thinking and acting, and perpetually sustain us. These divine, spiritual intuitions are inexhaustible, never impeded by material circumstances, because their source is God, infinite good. Opening our thought to God, Spirit, helps us realize that we are always divinely cared for and that angels are always present.

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