Today’s column, which includes a poem and quotes, considers just how powerful the awareness of a divine presence and peace is.

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Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
– Christ Jesus, John 14:27

To attain peace and holiness is to recognize the divine presence and allness.
– Mary Baker Eddy, “Message to The Mother Church for 1902,” p. 16

I love Your way of freedom, Lord,
  To serve You is my choice;
In Your clear light of Truth I rise
  And, listening for Your voice,
I hear Your promise old and new,
  That bids all fear to cease:
“My presence still shall go with you
  And I will give you peace.”

Though storm or discord cross my path
  Your power is still my stay,
Though human will and woe would check
  My upward-soaring way;
All unafraid I wait, the while
  Your angels bring release,
For still Your presence is with me,
  And You do give me peace.

I climb, with joy, the heights of Mind,
  To soar o’er time and space;
I yet shall know as I am known
  And see You face to face.
Till time and space and fear are naught
  My quest shall never cease,
Your presence ever goes with me
  And You do give me peace.
– Violet Hay, alt., “Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430-603,” No. 501

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