Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, “The healing power is Truth and Love, and these do not fail in the greatest emergencies” ( p. 5).
Where the rubber meets the road
By Diane Marrapodi
From The Christian Science Journal – May 2012
One instance of prayer “where the rubber met the road” was when I was a dorm RA (resident assistant) at a college on the East Coast. One night a girl on our floor asked me to check on another girl who wasn’t doing well. When I walked into the student’s room, she was passed out on her bed with an empty bottle of prescription drugs next to her. I was told that after she’d learned of some deceit in the relationship with her boyfriend, she planned to end her life.
Immediately rejecting this “report,” I reached out to God in prayer, and the first two sentences in “the scientific statement of being” came to thought: “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all” (Science and Health, p. 468). Matter certainly seemed to be the master of ceremonies, but I understood that my first responsibility was to recognize the truth of these statements. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was omnipresent and omnipotent Life, and though the student was “unconscious,” I began to talk with her about her inviolate relationship with God and about God’s constant, tender care for her.
As an RA, it was my responsibility to report this situation to the infirmary immediately. I was told by the staff to get the student to them right away and that they would meanwhile make arrangements to get her to a hospital. (The roads leading to the infirmary were under construction, and because of recent rains and mud, no vehicles could get up the hill to the dorm.) I carried the student down four flights of stairs, past glassed-in lounges. No one came to help me until I reached the bottom floor—when a fellow came to my aid, carried the student the quarter of a mile to the infirmary, rode with us in the ambulance to the local hospital, and arranged a ride for both of us back to the campus. The interesting thing about this student was that the RAs had been told he was the biggest drug dealer on the campus. Yet he hadn’t thought twice about helping us.
Discord of any kind is unnatural, and Christian Science teaches how to refute it prayerfully and effectively. Science and Health says, “Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts” ( p. 261). Prayer that reasons out from just such a premise is “where the rubber meets the road”—where it all comes together. Thought is examined, evil rebuked, God’s all-power and all-presence are acknowledged, healing takes place, and gratitude is expressed.
The power of spiritually scientific prayer moves thought, and this changes experience. Where we may have seen red lights before, we discover green lights—progress, accomplishment, and a life that is blessed.
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By Diane Marrapodi