Boston Marathon 2013 – Moving beyond sadness

On the day the joy and happiness and unity and celebration of Boston Marathon 2013 was ambushed by bombs, my heart and my prayers went out to the people of my town of Boston and to all those visiting from afar for this wonderful gathering.

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On the day the joy and happiness and unity and celebration of Boston Marathon 2013 was ambushed by bombs, my heart and my prayers went out to the people of my town of Boston and to all those visiting from afar for this wonderful gathering.

It was a shocking and horrible scene.  I had to pray to find a semblance of peace for myself.  I felt good about my prayers and they gave me some sense of strength.

The next day I had to get up very early and travel into Boston to work, right near where the attack happened.  I awoke that morning only to have a great sense of sadness descend upon me.  When I was brushing my teeth, I felt like crying.  As my wife and I drove into the city the sadness became more palpable.  I felt as if I was feeling the sadness of the city, the sadness of joy turning into sorrow.

At the same time I felt that yesterday’s prayer was working in me, that deep down there was a peace.  The surface was sadness but in the depths of thought and feeling there was a peace.  It was an interesting place to be mentally and I didn’t fight it but rather just stepped back and observed my feelings a bit,  feeling I guess that the Spirit of God was going to win out without my forcing it.  The sadness gave me a deep sense of compassion that didn’t feel all bad.  I felt as though in this very meek state it was easier to feel God, to feel divine Love’s presence somehow.  I felt effortless prayer, full of love, and I mean a deep deep feeling of love going out to all, even to the perpetrators, feeling somehow that they had been used and needed comfort too.

It actually developed into a beautiful feeling, maybe just a hint of the compassion that Jesus often felt according to the scriptures.  It made my prayer stronger and yet I wasn’t trying to pray, wasn’t saying words or even trying to think spiritual thoughts in an organized way.  I was just listening and feeling what felt like divine Love working in me and through me to embrace everyone, to comfort those that mourn, including myself.   And oddly enough, when the sadness felt strongest so did the love I felt for everyone, the love I felt embraced by.  And I got clearer than I’ve ever been that I need to love so much more, in every instance — that we all do.  That is the only thing that will take away, utterly destroy the hatred, the anger, the frustration that would cause someone to do something like this.

This feeling of love and compassion and hope and comfort I’m sure was and is the Christ.  I understand the Christ to be the power of God — the godliness that works in us, the light that enlightens us.  In this experience I felt it stronger than usual.  Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and wrote about the Science of Christ defined Christ this way in one instance,

“Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness.” (Science and Health 332:9-11)

I have to say, that is what I felt and still feel to some degree in regard to this trying time.  It is all very fresh and I’m still working my way through it but I feel there are spiritual forces at work for all of us that are stronger than the seeming forces of sadness and dread.

This Christ, our true divine nature, is not just working in me any more than it was just working in Jesus.  I know it is universal and is working in each one now and always to bring peace to our sadness, comfort to us that mourn,  binding up our broken hearts, and healing broken or damaged bodies.

I’m reminded of these two verses from a church hymn, referring to Christ the Savior.

He comes to bless thee on his wings of healing;

To banish pain, and wipe all tears away;

He comes anew, to humble hearts revealing

The mounting footsteps of the upward way.

 

He comes to give thee joy for desolation,

Beauty for ashes of the vanished years;

For every tear to bring full compensation,

To give thee confidence for all thy fears.

Prayer for Libya

There is not a lot of gray area it seems with the events in Libya. It is pretty clearly the age old good against evil scenario.

There is not a lot of gray area it seems with the events in Libya.  It is pretty clearly the age old good against evil scenario.  There is nothing right or good, no justification morally, ethically or spiritually for the leader and government of a country turns its guns on peaceful protesters without restraint.  That is evil.

How did Christ Jesus define evil?  When speaking of the devil or evil he said, it “is a liar, and the father of it.”  He also said of the devil that he was “a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.”

Doesn’t this help us to know how to pray about what is going on in Libya?  The evil going on there has no real truth or power to it.  It is a lie about the true man that God made and the true government of God governing all.  God has all the power and God is all good, therefore good must rule and the evil must be destroyed as truth always defeats error or a lie.

There are many ways to pray about the Libyan situation.  My prayer today is along the lines that the evil being expressed there must stop because it has nothing real and substantial behind it.  It is brought down by the ever-present Good or God.  God is revealing to those standing up for good and right, ideas that they need to protect themselves and to conquer the evil.  Those motivated by money, power, pride and selfishness will be disarmed and brought down.  Evil, having no real power, cannot conquer or rule anyone.  God’s goodness rules and conquers all.  God does not allow evil any presence nor share power with evil.  God is all power and evil is powerless.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”     Psalms. 46:1

Thoughts about Egypt

There is nothing new under the sun. The demands being made by the Egyptians made this scripture from Ezekiel stand out to me recently, “And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”

There is nothing new under the sun.  The demands being made by the Egyptians made this scripture from Ezekiel stand out to me recently, “And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”  (Ezek. 21:25-27)

Zedekiah is the prince referred to and he was wicked and his time was coming to an end.  The corruption, selfishness and dishonesty, the evils or sins of Egypt’s leaders are coming to an end.

Our God is all good and we see this goodness in the human experience to some degree.  That ever present goodness always destroys evil, not people, but the evil being expressed by people.  Man is redeemed.

We can pray for and support this current overturning in our world and see it in its right light.  Mary Baker Eddy, an amazing religious leader and thinker put it this way in her main work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Marvels, calamities, and sin will much more abound as truth urges upon mortals its resisted claims; but the awful daring of sin destroys sin, and foreshadows the triumph of truth. God will overturn, until “He come whose right it is.” Longevity is increasing and the power of sin diminishing, for the world feels the alterative effect of truth through every pore. “(SH 223:28)

We can see the events in Egypt as the “alterative effect of truth,” and the “power of sin diminishing.”  Good is the power, always, and good only must reign.

We can be aware of God’s presence there and everywhere, destroying whatever is not good in human character, in the human scene.  God’s very presence destroys any evil, because there is no evil in God.   It’s like the light destroying the darkness.  The light knows nothing about the darkness, but simply eliminates it by its very presence.

We can pray to know that God is on the scene and guiding the events — the thoughts and actions of His people.  We do not have to stand by and wonder or wait to see what happens, or be afraid.  We each can be supporting prayerfully this overturning.  We can pray to know that each one is responsive to God, that God is working His purpose out, as the Bible says, “The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?”  (Isa. 14:24-27)

God is loving his people, including the president and his associates, and is present with them and they hear and respond to this divine Love, this ever-present, all powerful force for good.