After an accident, healing
Traversing a beautiful Parisian park on an errand, I heard the screech of car wheels on macadam and a mother’s scream. Her scooter-riding preschooler had been struck by a taxi in the crosswalk, knocking off his shoe and throwing him several feet. I quickly exited the park, encountering the crowd that began to gather. The wailing mother scooped up her little boy and carried him to a nearby bench. The taxi driver was in obvious distress. As others helpers began offering physical assistance, I started to pray for healing, peace, restoration, safety and protection for all involved.
Christian Science has taught me that prayer can be a very effective emergency response to accidents. The Bible teaches that God is a very present help in trouble. Through prayer one can experience God’s healing and transformative presence and power. When only a child myself, I proved this in a case of accident. I had impaled my foot on a rusty nail. The hospital was three blocks away, but I had learned in a Christian Science Sunday School that I could trust in God’s healing presence at any moment and in any place. I began to pray immediately for myself, acknowledging that I could only ever be what God had made me to be.
I remembered something that Christian Science Discoverer, Mary Baker Eddy had written, “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 468
. As I considered God to be the intelligent source of real life and activity, I saw that an accident could have no real effect on anything God had made. I became quiet and clear that my life, truth, intelligence and substance were purely spiritual, - that is of Spirit, God – and exempt from danger. The wound began healing immediately. By the next day there was no trace of it at all, and I never suffered any ill effects afterward.
When I encountered the accident on that Paris street, I recognized that fear and confusion were attempting to take over the scene. I stepped away into a shop to be able to devote my attention to prayer without any distraction. For the next four or five minutes, my focus was entirely directed to the Christ – the divine truth of God as the source and maintainer of life, and of man as the loved child of God, ever in His care. In this perfect relationship of God and man I realized that fear, confusion and accidents have no place or power. My prayer brought me peace, and a conviction that all would be well.
As I stepped back onto the street the scene had entirely changed. The taxi was gone. The crowd had dispersed entirely. No one was even near the crosswalk or the bench where the mother and child had been. I retraced my steps back to the park. As I crossed it, who should whiz past me on his scooter? The little boy, with his mother and her shopping cart following happily behind. Health and peace were restored, and all was well.
Mary Baker Eddy once wrote, “When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, ‘I am hurt!’ Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real. “Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be.” ibid. 397:12-22Whether one experiences or witnesses an accident, the same process can apply. Prayer that springs from the understanding of God’s everpresence with, and perpetual care of, His spiritual creation can transform an accident scene into an experience of divine power that restores peace and brings healing.
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Armageddon and unstoppable good
Google the word Armageddon
and the top news searches cover serious world threats. One might presume that it’s only a matter of time before something
takes us out. But Monitor
Founder and Christian Science discoverer Mary Baker Eddy introduced a startlingly different view of what constitutes a true “apocalypse”. While “annihilation” may be a contemporary definition, the word comes from the Greek apokaluptein
, meaning “uncovering, revealing”. Mrs. Eddy observed that the Bible gives us a roadmap for the ultimate destruction of evil
through the power of Love, the unstoppable good that is God.
The Hebrew word Armageddon
is only used once in Scripture and while its original meaning is unclear, scholars’ best efforts indicate that it refers to Mount Megiddo
. In the Bible, mountains are often scenes of revelation, inspiration and transformation. We see this in the story of Elijah in the mountain cave (see I Kings 19), in Christ Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (see Matthew 5-7), as well as in his later experience on the Mount of Transfiguration (see Matthew 7, Mark 9 and Luke 9). Megiddo
is a Bible location where many decisive battles were fought. We might look at Mount Megiddo
as a figurative reference to a mount - or inspired view - of God’s allness that Scripture reveals, and the inevitability of divine Love to definitively dispose of any, and ultimately all, evil.
Mrs. Eddy explains, “This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace. The breaking up of material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new phases until their nothingness appears. These disturbances will continue until the end of error, when all discord will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 96:4
Perhaps there is a lesson to be found in the changing concept of the term apocalypse from its original meaning of “revealing”, to its current use as “destruction”. It shows what happens when a fascination with signs and symptoms of evil distract from the spiritual facts of the superiority of God, good, under every circumstance. God is divine and universal Love, the infinite All - the source and maintainer of all life, and the fount of unstoppable good. Life and good are permanent and indestructible in God and His creation because nothing is more powerful or more real than the love of God. With this understanding, the book of Revelation can be seen as a love story rather than a horror, unfolding the fact that good must, does, ultimately triumph over evil.
Armageddon isn’t really a battle between so-called equal forces called good and evil; it indicates the conflict between good – the only reality - and that which is unreal. Evil having no basis in God, has no basis in reality. I proved this when a breast tumor threatened my life. Through prayer and dedicated Bible study, I understood more of the indestructibility of God’s love for us all, and of good as the substance of my life. I saw that God doesn’t destroy evil as if it is something, but that evil has no place or reality in God, and thus no presence or control over me or anyone else. I knew that divine good is the permanent substance of my being. Though compelling, I turned from disease symptoms, and clung instead to God’s revelation of supreme good that I found in my study of Christian Science. I was at peace. Then the unreal condition – the symptoms of disease that are unknown to God, hence not to be found in me - disappeared decisively and permanently.
This healing taught me that Armageddon battles aren’t “out there.” They involve inner struggles with fear and a false, limited sense of God and of real life. We each have work to do, work we can do, to overcome the belief in the reality of evil with good in our own present experience, thought by thought and with every act. Each proof we give of evil’s powerlessness, however small, is a powerful light waking the world to the present unstoppable power of good.In a brief Christmas message, Mary Baker Eddy wrote: “Metaphysics, not physics, enables us to stand erect on sublime heights, surveying the immeasurable universe of Mind, peering into the cause which governs all effects, while we are strong in the unity of God and man.” (Miscellaneous Writings 369:7-10
)From this mount of the revelation, we see God and His creation as perfect and intact. This is the mount of true Armageddon, where the unstoppable good of Mind decisively destroys the claims of evil and conclusively protects us all.
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