SAFETY & PROTECTION . . . from a Reader

Ninety-First Psalm
(In the first person with Scientific interpretation)
Attributed to Mary Baker Eddy
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Psalms 91:1  I dwell in the secret place of the Most High (consciousness of good), and abide under the shadow (protection) of the Almighty.
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Psalms 91:2  I will say of the Lord (Supreme Ruler), He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.
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Psalms 91:3  Surely He shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler (temptation) and from the noisome pestilence (uncleanness, impure thoughts).
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Psalms 91:4  He shall cover me with his feathers (omnipresence), and under His wings (omnipotence) shall I trust: His Truth (omniscience) shall be my shield and buckler (defense).
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Psalms 91:5  I shall not be afraid for the terror by night (mental malpractice); nor for the arrow (aggressive mental suggestion) that flieth by day; 
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Psalms 91:6  Nor for the pestilence (mental contagion) that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
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Psalms 91:7  A thousand (false beliefs) shall fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand; but it shall not come nigh me.
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Psalms 91:8  Only with my eyes (personal sense) shall I behold and see the reward of the wicked (unrighteousness).
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Psalms 91:9  Because I have made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, my habitation;
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Psalms 91:10  There shall no evil befall me, neither shall any plague (inharmony) come nigh my dwelling.
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Psalms 91:11  For He shall give his angels (spiritual intuitions) charge over me, to keep me in all my ways.
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Psalms 91:12  They shall bear me up in their hands (power of right thoughts), lest I dash my foot against a stone (belief in matter).
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Psalms 91:13  I shall tread upon the lion (animal courage) and adder (subtlety): the young lion (blind enthusiasm, mortal will) and the dragon (malicious animal instinct) I shall trample under my feet (understanding).
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Psalms 91:14  Because I have set my love upon Him, therefore will He deliver me: He will set me on high (spiritual exaltation), because I have known His name (manifested His nature).
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Psalms 91:15  I will call upon Him and He will answer me; He will be with me in trouble (human experience); He will deliver me and honor me (manifest Himself through me).
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Psalms 91:16  With long life (immortal being) will He satisfy me and show me His salvation (preservation).
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ANGELS.  God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual
intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness,
purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, 
and mortality.
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Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 
by Mary Baker Eddy, Glossary
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O Life that maketh all things new,
The blooming earth, the thoughts of men;
Our pilgrim feet, wet with Thy dew,
In gladness hither turn again.
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From hand to hand the greeting flows,
From eye to eye, the signals run,
From heart to heart the bright hope glows,
The seekers of the Light are one:
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One in the freedom of the truth,
One in the joy of paths untrod,
One in the heart’s perennial youth,
One in the larger thought of God;–
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The freer step, the fuller breath,
The wide horizon’s grander view;
The sense of Life that knows no death,–
The Life that maketh all things new.
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By Samuel Longfellow

Hymn 218

From The Christian Science Hymnal, 1932 edition
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Contagion

From Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 228-229
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         Whatever man sees, feels, or in any way takes cognizance of, must be caught through mind; inasmuch as perception, sensation, and consciousness belong to mind and not to matter. Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability of its conclusions, we do what others do, believe what others believe, and say what others say.
         Common consent is contagious, and it makes disease catching. People believe in infectious and contagious diseases, and that anyone is liable to have them under certain predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state prepares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to contact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man’s.
         If only the people would believe that good is more contagious than evil, since God is omnipresence, how much more certain would be the doctor’s success, and the clergyman’s conversion of sinners. And if only the pulpit would encourage faith in God in this direction, and faith in Mind over all other influences governing the receptivity of the body, theology would teach man as David taught: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”
        The confidence of mankind in contagious disease would thus become beautifully less; and in the same proportion would faith in the power of God to heal and to save mankind increase, until the whole human race would become healthier, holier, happier, and longer lived. A calm, Christian state of mind is a better preventive of contagion than a drug, or than any other possible sanitary method.
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