Rosalie Dunbar says: Big events like the one in Paris can seem overwhelming, and sometimes we feel frozen in place, unable to think or pray. But even when it seems hard to pray, I’ve found that it helps me to challenge evil, and to refuse its claim to power. Speaking personally, I’ve tried hard to discipline my thoughts so that whenever I hear bad news, I immediately affirm that there is only one Mind, God, who is governing all, that this Mind is always present, and that its goodness can become evident. I’ve seen that spiritual goodness in my own life and have found peace and healing even in troubling circumstances.
Our prayerful insistence on the one Mind’s control can also support the police and other authorities in discovering what needs to be known about the event, help those who are endeavoring to save lives, protect those who are examining a crime site from hidden dangers. This one Mind is only good, and knows only good. Through its guidance individuals who are working to preserve good can work effectively. And each of us can make good choices as well. In one of her letters , Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, wrote, “Into His [God’s] haven of Soul there enters no element of earth to cast out angels, to silence the right intuition that guides you safely home”. 1
This may seem kind of theoretical, but the insistence on the oneness of Mind reminds me that God is the only power and that evil, no matter how aggressive it seems, can’t trick us into believing that it is more powerful than good. Such prayer is a firm rejection of evil’s claim to make the agenda for our—or anyone’s life. And it can give us the spiritual intuition to make good choices about where we go and what we do. And we can expect our prayers to be effective not only for our sake but for the people around the world for whom we are praying.
Rosalie is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Massachusetts.
- Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, p. 152 ↩