One day when Mary Baker Eddy went to a church where seamstresses plied their work, she saw a â€ślittle blind black girl sitting in the corner, where her mother would put her.â€ť Mrs. Eddy spoke gently to the child and taught her the Lordâ€™s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm. The next day she returned and asked the girl to repeat them. Later, the girl told a Christian Scientist that this time she â€śjust felt enveloped in Godâ€™s great Love â€“ and to a degree this sense of His ever-present Love has never left her.
â€śAs she and her mother walked home that evening â€“ she began to see â€“ for the first time in her life.â€ť Later, she became a lifelong student of Mrs. Eddyâ€™s textbook on Christian Science, â€śScience and Health with Key to the Scripturesâ€ť (see Joyce Ann Petit Reminiscence, â€śIn my True Light and Life: Mary Baker Eddy Collections,â€ť pp. 514-515).
â€śGodâ€™s great Loveâ€ť is the power that not only opens physically blinded eyes, it also opens the eyes of evil-doers and enables them to change their ways (consider the change in Paulâ€™s life when he saw Christ). It gives deliverance to captives, as witnessed by three Hebrew men saved from the fiery furnace. This is the power behind the prayers for abducted children in places such as Nigeria and Congo.
Christly prayer also includes those who hold them hostage and insists that evil cannot mesmerize anyone into actions that are contrary to Godâ€™s law. As Mrs. Eddy says, â€śEvil is not supreme; good is not helpless; nor are the so-called laws of matter primary, and the law of Spirit secondaryâ€ť (Science and Health, p. 207).
The spiritual thinker cannot be intimidated by the belief that the betterment of humanity is impossible. This message puts that lie to rest: â€śInnocence and Truth overcome guilt and errorâ€ť (Science and Health, p. 568).
Innocence and Truth are forever united with the one divine Mind. And divine intelligence is well able to defeat mortal mind by virtue of this spiritual fact: The only intelligent Mind is the divine. Mortal mind is powerless in the face of Truth. Our insistence on Mindâ€™s love for all its ideas will, through Christ, ultimately defeat whatever would oppose it. Or as Zechariah put it, â€śNot by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hostsâ€ť (Zechariah 4:6). This is the spirit of Love, which reveals each individualâ€™s spirituality and drives out violence and cruelty.
Each spiritual thinker and pray-er has the power to make a difference in the world. In â€śMiscellaneous Writings 1883-1896,â€ť Mrs. Eddy wrote: â€śBeloved children, the world has need of you, â€“ and more as children than as men and women: it needs your innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated livesâ€ť (p. 110).
Watching and praying in this way enables us to redeem the times and to bless the worldâ€™s children with the reality of uncontaminated innocence.
From an editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel.