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THERE are times when people find themselves in circumstances that seem too much to cope with. Maybe a trouble appears unhealable, unresolvable. But no matter how bad it appears, we don't have to suffer endlessly or wonder if we can make it to safer, surer ground. We can know with certainty that we can make it, because we have God, and God has created us. He governs His offspring in perfect harmony. This is a spiritual fact, a divine reality that we can prove. The Psalmist prayed: ``Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.''1

No matter what form ``the enemy'' assumes in our lives -- sickness, poverty, hatred, neglect, whatever -- we have the right and ability to be free of it, because God, infinite good, has not created evil or sanctioned it. His spiritual likeness, man, is untouched by evil.

How can we know this? How can we feel it and prove it? By holding fast in prayer to the truth of our being -- by holding on to the reality of God's all-powerful love for us and of our likeness to Him. If we knew and acted on even one absolute spiritual fact of God and man's perfect relationship to Him, this would be enough to get us through, to prove at least to some extent that divine Truth always sustains man. Under all circumstances divine power is available to help. All circumstances.

The prophet spoke of God as reassuring us, ``When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.''2

There is a power to sustain, strengthen, and heal, and it is God's omnipotent power. Whether anyone else around us appears to know this or not, we can still hold fast to it and benefit from doing so. Even better, we can realize that infinite Love is holding us in its allness. We can never really, even momentarily, be separated from infinite Love and its benevolent care.

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