Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Tread Safely ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Tread Safely ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Imagine a car tire leaving behind an endless ribbon of tread on the highway. That might serve as a metaphor for the news stories that keep unspooling on this defective tires tragedy. And there's no sign the reports are coming to a stop any time soon. That's understandable, given the magnitude of the tragedy - more than a hundred lives lost in accidents - and the apparent fact that the defects were uncovered years ago, in plenty of time to correct the problem and save many lives.

But this column isn't about finger-pointing or blaming. It's about solution-finding and healing. It's about the place prayer can have in enhancing the safety of communities and the world - whether the dangers are known or unknown.

An unlikely but valuable resource is in one of the earliest recorded accounts of divine power providing for human safety. In this Bible story, the only tread was that of countless feet up and onto the deck of an ark. Noah's ark, which safely carried his family and two of every animal through an unprecedented 40-day storm and the flooding that followed. While there was destruction all around, everyone and everything on the ark came through okay. But what does an ancient boat journey have to tell us about safer road travel in the 21st century? Maybe a good deal.

If this story is relevant now, it's not because it gives us a better design for boats that don't come apart under pressure. It's because it points to an awareness, a spiritual intuitiveness that was at work in so many Bible characters. It was this intuitiveness that caused Noah to build the ark when no outward sign hinted he should. Abraham, Moses, Daniel, Jesus, Paul, possessed this spiritual intuition to varying degrees. So did many others. They benefited in terms of the greater safety it brought to them and to those within the vicinity of their prayers. Regardless of how well or poorly made were the boats, carts, or other equipment then in use.

The spiritual awareness which was so effective then is undiminished today. God, who is the one immortal Spirit, is the source of this spiritual awareness and intuitiveness. …

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