Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

In Response to Accidents ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

In Response to Accidents ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Whether it's a minor mishap in the kitchen or a major pileup on the freeway - an incident known only to you, or the lead story on the evening news - something is always true: turning in prayer to the Almighty brings comfort and assurance, as well as healing. It reminds us we're not alone in any emergency. Knowing that God is everywhere makes it clearer to us that divine help is instantly at hand, even if human help is delayed in coming.

One of the first things the awareness of God's presence does is to quiet our fears. It's not uncommon in an accident to be flooded with thoughts such as "What'll happen now?" "Will things get worse if help isn't swift in coming?" "Where will help come from?" But remembering that God is living, loving, and intelligent calms those concerns. Powerful help, divine help, is already available and always available. Fears start to abate when we stick to this. God becomes more vivid than anxiety or pain.

Actually, what we think may be much more central to our welfare than we've assumed. The Psalmist suggests as much: "When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul" (Ps. 94:18, 19). Could this imply that our fears about slipping are what need to be countered at least as much as, if not more than, the slip itself?

Really, once the fear of accidents has been challenged with a spiritual awareness that God's unwavering power controls every detail of our experience, the impact of an accident begins to diminish at once.

A God who is all-powerful isn't confined by accidents. His power isn't displaced by physics or physical events. In other words, when the thought of a slipping foot is replaced by an understanding that God's sons and daughters are always safely grounded in God's love, in God's universe - we're protected! This is the replacement of a physical assumption with a metaphysical awareness. It is a kind of prayer. It can occur anytime and be beneficial - before, during, or after an accident.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy wrote: "When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, 'I am hurt! …

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