A refuge for children
Throughout the world there are areas set aside as wildlife sanctuaries, protected by law. Hearing today of many dangers from which the world's children need to be protected, we might wonder if a refuge can be found for them.
Certainly, confining children within prescribed areas or keeping them forever under a watchful human eye is not practical or possible. But there is a universal refuge in which all children can dwell safely -- the refuge of God's love.
"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms," n1 the Bible tells us. We can prove that God loves and protects our children every moment. God is all-seeing Love. There is no outside to Love's presence, no limit to Love's power. We can think of Love as infinite Mind, whose wisdom unfailingly guards and guides His offspring.
n1 Deuteronomy 33:27.
Parents protect their children through giving wise counsel and establishing rules to be obeyed. In addition, however, they can offer the deeply effective protection of spiritual education. Mary Baker Eddy n2 recommends, "Parents should teach their children at the earliest possible period the truths of health and holiness." n3
n2 Mrs. Eddy is the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science;
n3 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,m p. 236.
These truths are the guardian angels that keep our children safe, even when we cannot be with them. One meaning of a refuge is a stronghold that protects by its strength. The consciousness of God is such a stronghold. This phrase implies not only God's consciousness, or understanding, of Him.
Christ Jesus illustrated better than any other individual the tangible protection spiritual consciousness can provide. His understanding of God's omnipotence and man's ability to reflect divine power sustained him during times of both temptation and threat. He knew that man made in the image of Spirit is as perfect as the Father -- incorruptible and indestructible.