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Safe in an unsafe world

A Christian Science perspective: What we call safety is a fact of God's unchanging love.

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A mom recently called me to share an idea that had brought her a fresh perspective. Each day she'd been praying for the safety of her son and husband, as well as for her own. But that particular day it had come to her that beyond just keeping our bodies safe from harm, our real need in prayer is to accept that because we are created spiritually, we're already safe from harm.

"What we call safety," my friend said, "is a fact of God's unchanging love." I agreed. Her prayer was addressing something even greater than the latest threatening condition or worrisome statistic. It was lifting her thought to a more spiritualized viewpoint and changing her sense of safety from an iffy proposition to an assurance that the divine laws of good are supreme.

God is Love, the actual cause of our individual existence. Safety is, therefore, a central fact of our life, even in a world that so often seems defined by dangers of all kinds.

I've prayed with the 23rd Psalm as it is explained in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." There, Mary Baker Eddy brought the psalm alive by substituting throughout the word "Love" in place of "the Lord."

I think of this psalm as God's job description: shepherding, guiding, providing, and safeguarding us. One line says how God restores and maintains our intuition, alertness, wisdom, and resourcefulness: "[Love] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]" (p. 578).

Christian Science illuminates the constancy of divine care. It teaches how and why we can live in the security of God's jurisdiction. Mrs. Eddy discovered it to be the foundation of Jesus' healing works as described in the Gospels. She proved that we don't need to wait for these protecting and saving laws to take effect; they are here and now. We need only open our eyes to understand them and experience life under their jurisdiction, through enlightened prayer.

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