Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Never Lucky, Always Blessed

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Never Lucky, Always Blessed

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A Christian Science perspective.

"You were so lucky!" I heard these words over and over after the birth of our son. In spite of predictions of protracted labor by the attending physician, the birth had been quick - so quick that my husband and I barely made the 10-minute trip to the hospital in time.

Good or bad luck is cited as a cause for much of what goes on in our lives. But I was uncomfortable with this explanation. Luck is random, inexplicable, capricious. My preparation for our son's arrival had centered on dependable spiritual truths, on prayer to the God I knew to be able and willing to guarantee harmony in my life. I couldn't reconcile my reliance on divine Principle, another name for God, with chance.

Well over a century ago, Mary Baker Eddy discerned the divine laws undergirding all existence. Reading an account of Jesus' healing in the Bible, she was healed of injuries pronounced fatal. An ensuing period of intense scriptural study made clear to her that God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient - and that His nature is totally good. "Principle" was one of the terms she chose to communicate not only God's reliability, but His allness. Her research brought to light the impossibility that any opposing force could exist to influence or harm His creation.

Embracing an understanding of God as all-good, all-power, and all- presence naturally dissolves doubt, fear, and superstition. So it felt illogical to me to pray to see God's control over our growing family while crossing my fingers that all would go well with my pregnancy and our son's birth. In fact, it became increasingly vital to deny in my prayer that our well-being could be at risk or liable to human probability.

That's exactly what my husband and I did as we awaited this birth. There was a sweet rhythm to our thinking during this period, prayerfully affirming God's goodness and love, and denying power or presence to anxiety, mortal opinion, and all thoughts of chance. …

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