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How Not to Be Afraid at Night

The Bible

  Ps 63:6,7  
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.  
7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.  
Ps 91:5
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;  
Ps 139:11, 12
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.  
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.  
Gen 1:5, 14-18
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.  
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:  
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.  
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.  
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,  
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.  
Gen 28:10-12
10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.  
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.  
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.  
Gen 32:6,7, 9-11, 13, 24-28
6 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.  
7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;  
9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:  
10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.  
11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.  
13 And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;  
24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.  
25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.  
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.  
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.  
28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.  
Ps 6:6, 9
6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.  
9 The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.  
Ps 17:3(to 2nd;)
3 Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night;  
Ex 13:18, 20-22
18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.  
20 And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness.  
21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:  
22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.  
Ex 40:38
38 For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.  
Num 11:9
9 And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.  
Ps 1:1, 2
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  
Luke 6:11, 12
11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.  
12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.  
Luke 21:37, 38
37 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives.  
38 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him.  
Rom 13:12
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  
I Thess 5:5
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  
Zech 14:7
7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.  
Rev 22:5
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.  

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy

  592: 21
21 NIGHT. Darkness; doubt; fear.  
586:1-2 (to 2nd;)
1 EVENING. Mistiness of mortal thought; weariness of
mortal mind; obscured views;
1 As the children of Israel were guided triumphantly
through the Red Sea, the dark ebbing and flowing tides
3 of human fear, — as they were led through the
wilderness, walking wearily throu
desert of human hopes, and anticipating the promised
6 joy, — so shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires
in their passage from sense to Soul, from a material sense
of existence to the spiritual, up to the glory prepared for
9 them who love God. Stately Science pauses not, but
moves before them, a pillar of cloud by day and of fire
by night, leading to divine heights.
12 If we remember the beautiful description which Sir
Walter Scott puts into the mouth of Rebecca the Jewess
in the story of Ivanhoe, —
15 When Israel, of the Lord beloved,
Out of the land of bondage came,
Her fathers' God before her moved,
18 An awful guide, in smoke and flame, —
we may also offer the prayer which concludes the same
hymn, —
21 And oh, when stoops on Judah's path
In shade and storm the frequent night,
Be Thou, longsuffering, slow to wrath,
24 A burning and a shining light!  
474:31-2 (to")
Truth destroys falsity and error, for light and
darkness cannot dwell together. Light extinguishes the
1 darkness, and the Scripture declares that there is "no
night there."
27 never endowed matter with power to disable Life or to
chill harmony with a long and cold night of discord.

You say, "I dreamed last night."
21 What a mistake is that! The I is Spirit. God
never slumbers, and His likeness never dreams.
504:3-14, 16-20, 31
3 Genesis i. 5. And God called the light Day, and the
darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morn-
ing were the first day.
6 All questions as to the divine creation being both
spiritual and material are answered in this passage, for
though solar beams are not yet included in

the sun

9 the record of creation, still there is light. This
light is not from the sun nor from volcanic flames, but it
is the revelation of Truth and of spiritual ideas. This
12 also shows that there is no place where God's light is not
seen, since Truth, Life, and Love fill immensity and are

The successive appearing of God's ideas is represented
as taking place on so many evenings and mornings,
18 words which indicate, in the absence of solar
time, spiritually clearer views of Him, views
which are not implied by material darkness and dawn.

No solar rays nor planetary revolutions

Evenings and

1 form the day of Spirit. Immortal Mind makes its own
record, but mortal mind, sleep, dreams, sin, disease, and
3 death have no record in the first chapter of Genesis.  
509:9-10 (to;), 17
9 Genesis i. 14. And God said, Let there be lights in the
firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night;

The light of spiritual understand-

18 ing gives gleams of the infinite only, even as nebulae indi-
cate the immensity of space.
510:6-18, 28-1
6 Genesis i. 15. And let them be for lights in the firma-
ment of the heaven, to give light upon the earth: and it
was so.
9 Truth and Love enlighten the understanding, in whose
"light shall we see light;" and this illumination is re-
flected spiritually by all who walk in the light and turn
12 away from a false material sense.

Genesis i. 16. And God made two great lights; the
greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the

15 night: He made the stars also.

The sun is a metaphorical representation of Soul out-
side the body, giving existence and intelligence to the


ence reveals only one Mind, and this one shin-

Geology a


30 ing by its own light and governing the universe, including  
1 man, in perfect harmony.  
Genesis i. 17, 18. And God set them in the firmament of
the heaven, to give light upon the earth, and to rule over
9 the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the
darkness: and God saw that it was good.

In divine Science, which is the seal of Deity and has

12 the impress of heaven, God is revealed as in-
finite light. In the eternal Mind, no night is
Suns and planets teach grand lessons.
The stars make night beautiful, and the leaflet turns nat-
9 urally towards the light.  
24 It is Love which paints the petal
with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches
the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with
27 starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness.  

The night of materiality is far spent, and with

24 the dawn Truth will waken men spiritually to hear and
to speak the new tongue.
The Revelator symbolizes Spirit
by the sun. The spiritual idea is clad with the radiance
27 of spiritual Truth, and matter is put under her feet. The
light portrayed is really neither solar nor lunar, but spirit-
ual Life, which is "the light of men."
562:11 (only), 16
The spiritual idea is crowned with twelve stars.

These are the stars in the crown of
rejoicing. They are the lamps in the spiritual heavens

18 of the age, which show the workings of the spiritual idea
by healing the sick and the sinning, and by manifesting
the light which shines "unto the perfect day" as the night
21 of materialism wanes.  
18 What if the old dragon
should send forth a new flood to drown the Christ-idea?
He can neither drown your voice with its roar, nor again
21 sink the world into the deep waters of chaos and old night  
586:1(only), 2 peace

peace and rest.




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