Teen voices from the Philipines

At least two to three times a week, in the evening after class, I go to an Internet cafe/shop to do some research. I often run as fast as I can to reach our house because the surroundings are totally dark. I don’t have any fear of the dark, but once I was afraid of coming across gangsters and drunks scattered along the streets. But when I remembered Mary Baker Eddy’s poem titled “Satisfied,” set to words in the Christian Science Hymnal and Supplement, my bad thoughts about the street people were healed. The hymn says, “False fears are foes—truth tatters those, / When understood”. 1 I learned that Truth heals. It also made me realize that my false fears were my enemies. There is nothing harmful that God created. His creation is perfect, and we belong to His creation. So I also have to see the people on the street as perfect children of God and that they are capable of being good and kind, for they also possess the Godlike qualities. I prayed that I shall not fear, for Love is with me along the way. I’m secured and safe because I know that God is always beside me. Every time fear attacks me when I run home, I recite these two Bible verses: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”, 2 and “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”. 3

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By By Jovelyn
From the February 2011 edition of The Christian Science Sentinel


  1. The Christian Science Hymnal No. 160–162
  2. II Timothy 1:7
  3. Psalms 27:1


  1. janet says:

    Dear Juvy and Alfonso,

    Hurray! Thank you very much for your love of Truth by practicing them. Go forward….

  2. Veronica says:

    Thanks for these simple yet profound lessons.

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