Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Prayer for the Chilean Miners' Freedom

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Prayer for the Chilean Miners' Freedom

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A Christian Science perspective.

My heart has gone out in prayer each day over the past week to the 33 trapped Chilean miners, their families, and rescuers. On the heels of the joyous news of their safety after 17 days in their tiny cavern came the crushing announcement that their eventual rescue may take as long as four months to complete. Thousands of feet of rock and potentially unstable layers of earth must be carefully drilled and removed in order to create a hole large enough to safely extract the men.

Also predicted are a host of physical and psychological challenges the men may encounter while they wait to be rescued. Chile's health minister reported late last week, "We expect that after the initial euphoria of being found, we will likely see a period of depression and anguish.... It would be naive to think they can keep their spirits up like this."

There is, however, a different way of viewing the situation in Chile - one that helps us pray on behalf of the miners. One that sees the power of God already at hand sustaining, defending, protecting, and maintaining the peace, health, and harmony of those men. Christian Science, grounded in the teachings and demonstrations of Christ Jesus, reveals God as All - all powerful, always present, all loving, all real substance, and all true consciousness. This sense of God covers the whole ground of fear, worry, and speculation with the understanding that there is no place on earth where He is not immediately at hand to comfort and sustain humanity.

Grasping the depth and breadth of God's allness, the Psalmist wrote, "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?" "The Message" provides an insightful interpretation of that passage and what follows it: "Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you're there! If I go underground, you're there!... Then I said to myself, 'Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I'm immersed in the light!' " (Ps. 139:7, 8, 11). In our prayers for the miners we can begin with this simple truth that they are inseparable from God's love. …

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