Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

How I Prayed through Tragedy When My Dad Was Killed

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

How I Prayed through Tragedy When My Dad Was Killed

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When I got the phone call that my dad and his friend had been killed in a senseless accident, my life and that of my mother and my brothers and sisters changed forever. Three of my siblings were in elementary school at the time.

As we gathered in front of the family room television, images of my dads body being removed from wreckage flashed on the screen. We were horrified. And then suddenly the station switched to a commercial, and the unfeeling blast of business as usual was also an incredible shock to us. Never did I imagine that such a violation of my home, at such a vulnerable time, could occur. The wound to my family was deep and raw.

A news video on the Sandy Hook shootings posted on the Internet and interrupted by video ads the kind you cant click to close but must wait out to the end brought forth a deep protest and an upwelling of love from my heart for the families involved.

It also brought forward the deep gratitude I have for the Bible and for the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. The Bible says, Now we see through a glass, darkly (I Corinthians 13:12). But I am grateful that through the clear spiritual reasoning as explained in Science and Health, media images such as these or the ones that entered my home previously no longer have a paralyzing grip on me.

When your heart is torn apart as mine was and when someone you love to hug and hold, make jokes with, and go to for advice, seems to be gone forever, its easy to see only the dark picture. Many dear and caring individuals, including my Christian Science teacher and many friends, helped me open my eyes to see that media images and, even more radically, any mortal picture of ourselves are truly fleeting and flickering shadows. My understanding was growing that true existence is spiritual, impelled by God, and it cannot be destroyed. Science and Health states, For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely, spiritual existence (p. 492).

Cherishing children, my siblings and the tender ones killed in Newtown, Conn., I find strength in the Bibles statement, Little children, let no man deceive you (I John 3:7). …

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