Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Speed of Prayer

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Speed of Prayer

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Karl was on third base. Emerson was the catcher. I was pitching. The batter hit the ball "inside," which sent it down toward third base, but well into foul territory. One of our college colleagues was sitting on the grass off the third-base area and got smacked on the side of her head with the batted ball. Instantly, she collapsed.

Karl, Emerson, and I immediately rushed over to help her, and to voice spiritual truths about God and man since we were students of Christian Science, and so was the young woman. Some members of the other team also started shouting things, in fun, that it was "all the pitcher's fault. A bad inside pitch ..." Ignoring their shouts, I quickly began declaring to myself, and to her, even though she was unconscious, that she was God's perfect child, safe and secure in God's omnipotent care. And that nothing could harm or injure her. The three of us knelt beside her for a few minutes, and then she suddenly sat up as if nothing had happened. She smiled, and recognized each one of us. She stayed there on the sidelines for the rest of the game.

That week, or the next, she gave a lovely testimony at our Christian Science College Organization meeting.

Even though that brief experience happened years ago, it still sits on the sidelines of my thought because of its wonderful example regarding the speed of prayer. We all knew how fast the batted ball was traveling, but we also knew, to some degree, the speed and vitality of sincere and loving prayer. We knew, to some degree, that God's love and goodness were always present, and that she was never separated from that love and goodness for a moment. Our immediate prayers simply acknowledged her inseparable relationship to God and helped us know that she was never in danger but always in God's safe and loving care.

My baseball friends and I did not have to wait for someone to come to the rescue or for her body to collect itself into a so- called recovery mode. …

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