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Standing tall!

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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Standing tall isn't always easy. It seems that even those in respected positions at times fall from grace when they face opposition, adversity, or even temptation.

In fact, the ability to remain upright is perhaps just the first step in surmounting a troubling circumstance. Martin Luther expressed the need to lean on a higher support in his often quoted prayer, "Here I stand. I can do no otherwise; so help me God! Amen!"

One of Luther's greatest contributions was his translation of the Bible into German, a task that certainly met with opposition. This work would have necessitated his thinking deeply about the challenges faced by the many men and women of the Bible who leaned on God for the strength that enabled them to stand tall. No doubt that intense study sustained him despite the opposition he faced.

One account of Moses depicts this position metaphorically. When the children of Israel faced the Amalekites in battle (see Exodus 17), Moses stood on the top of the hill with the rod of God in his hand. As the battle raged, every time Moses got tired and lowered his arm, the tide turned and the enemy started to gain ground. Realizing this, Aaron and Hur stood at his side and held his arms high and steady "until the going down of the sun," and the battle was won.

Moses had some help from his friends in standing tall that day. He knew what had to be done, and his friends helped him remain steadfast. In return, his nation was not defeated, and his people were protected.

A young British girl experienced similar protection in the darkest of circumstances during World War II. Her dad was a British businessman, and the family was living in Hong Kong at the outbreak of war. British women and children were sent to the Philippines for protection. Unfortunately, the young girl, her mother, and brother were captured and placed in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in the Philippines.

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