Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Did I Foil Hurricane Bret?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Did I Foil Hurricane Bret?

Article excerpt

My wife and I were watching the late news when hurricane Bret was threatening Corpus Christi, Texas.

I had several choices after watching that broadcast. One reasonable option was to head for bed. It was the end of a long day. The second option was to feel helplessly sympathetic for the people in Texas.

I also felt that there was a third option open to me, involving the request of Jesus to "love thy neighbour as thyself." If that storm had been heading for my home, I would have loved myself enough to pray, because of the many practical experiences I have had where prayer diffused some evil threat. How could I do anything less than love my neighbors in Texas by helping them with prayer in their hour of need?

So, it was goodbye pillow, hello prayer. Except that it didn't take long to pray that night. I quickly found a reassuring answer that I felt certain came from God. What came to me as I prayed was an idea shared by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this newspaper. It was that God, who is good, is supreme, and that consequently evil is powerless.

It became clear to me that I didn't need to pray for the storm to go away. Instead, I had but to recognize that it's illegitimate for us to associate evil with power. Power belongs to God only, and God is good only.

If an omnipotent God truly created all, as the Bible says, then nothing in God's creation could genuinely be a vehicle for evil. I glimpsed the implication of the fact that "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good" (Gen. 1:31).

When I opened "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which was published by Mrs. Eddy in 1875, I came across these words: "Moral and spiritual might belong to Spirit, who holds the 'wind in His fists;' and this teaching accords with Science and harmony. In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physical senses must give up their false testimony" (pg. 192). It was in acknowledging God to be the one spiritual power that I went to sleep peacefully that night. …

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