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Safety Without Walls

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My hotel in Quebec is nestled inside thick stone walls that encircle much of the old city. Inhabitants once relied on walls, a citadel, and other structures to protect them against invasion. Lodged behind these barriers and situated on the highest ground, a city could be defended more easily. An invading force might think twice about launching an attack against such formidable defenses.

Yet, physical walls are an imperfect defense - they can be broken down or scaled. There's another, more trustworthy type of protection that can't be invaded, a wall that can't be breached. This protection is the indestructible unity we have with God as His children. Understanding our inseparability from God, we can begin to prove that He is present and almighty - even when we're faced with dangerous circumstances.

God is never powerless to help you when you're confronted by crime or aggression. That's because God is good and is actually all the power there is. Crime and other forms of evil have no real power - no source in God and no authority derived from Him. Nor is evil of any kind actually a person or a thing. It's just a lie. It can't separate you from your safety in God's care - can't make you its victim.

A number of years ago, I found the protection that comes from loving and trusting God. I was a volunteer helping to shelter women and children who had left violent homes. And I had begun reading a book called "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which was first published in 1875 by Mary Baker Eddy. Its ideas gave me new insight about the permanent relationship each individual has with God, with all-powerful good.

I began each day by thanking God in advance for His protecting care for the families we were helping, the spouses whose behavior had been violent, and myself. I reasoned that helping others through this volunteer work was a way of expressing the love of God, and that none of us involved in this service could lack God's direction and support. As I went about my sometimes-very-challenging daily activities, I turned to God often, and found reassurance and direction. One of my favorite verses from the Bible was Isaiah's promise "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee" (26:3).

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