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HAVING a dove nesting in the hanging fern on our patio posed some problems! We thought at first that the dove's choice for a home in which to rear her offspring was a poor one. Not only did our daily activities bring us within inches of the nest but we had to water the plant often and even move it from one side of the patio to the other when we painted. Still, we hoped for the best. The mother dove couldn't have been more cooperative. Despite these intrusions upon her privacy, she remained completely serene and undisturbed. She made no attempt to flee or to attack us to protect her young, even when we put the garden hose into the fern for watering or carried the hanging plant from one place to another. It may be that it was her peaceful nature that kept her so calm. But we did try to be gentle and unthreatening in our actions. Eventually we came to believe that the dove actually trusted us.

I thought later, ``Wouldn't it be great if we all could trust one another the way this peaceful dove trusted us.'' I realized then that we can begin to do this if we will place our trust first in the divine rather than in the human. This is where the Psalmist begins. He asserts: ``In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.''

Christian Science teaches that God is infinite good and that we are safer and less fearful when we believe less in the reality of a power or presence apart from good. God's ever-present love, which truly envelops each one of us, includes care and protection. The dove's tender care for her offspring reminded me of God's unfailing and constant care for His spiritual creation.

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