Faces on Faith: Sheltered
The board of directors of the Sanibel Christian Science Church followed the city guidelines and closed the church and Reading Room in mid-March. Online services from The Mother Church in Boston on Sundays and Wednesdays have provided continuity and comfort in the lives of Christian Scientists throughout the world, while the Readers in the Sanibel church are communicating daily with helpful and inspiring Bible passages and citations from the writings of the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy.
While drawing comfort from these resources, there remains a strong need to be a “voice for good” in the midst of the coronavirus fears. The order to stay in place, reminds Christians of the words from Acts l7:28: “for in Him, we live, and move, and have our being,” whether at home, at the grocery store, or at the post office. The need for refuge takes us to Psalm 46:l where we read: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Sheltering in place is powerfully presented in the 91st Psalm: We’re told that we “dwell in the secret place of the most high, abiding under the shadow of the Almighty,” where the Lord delivers us from the snare of the fowler, and the noisome pestilence. He “covers us with his feathers, and under His wings” we can trust.
Christian Science practitioner Michelle Nanouche tells us of the intersection between one’s spirituality, or one’s relation to the divine, and practical daily experience bringing health and healing. During the World War II, the May 21, 1942, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel carried a poem by Stella Eiseman:
“Shelter us, O Father-Mother
In the secret place most high.
In the ark of Thy protection,
Where no evil can come nigh.”
A glorious promise of sheltering is found in Eddy’s book Miscellaneous Writings: “You, safely sheltered in the strong tower of hope, faith, and love, are God’s nestlings, and He will hide you in His feathers, til the storm has passed. Into His haven of rest there enters no element of earth to cast out angels, to silence the right intuition, which guides you safely home.”
June Sieber is affiliated with the Sanibel Christian Science Church.