Prayer that blesses us— and others

Do you ever wonder how your prayer can help others? Do you say, "I can declare the truth of God's power and man's perfection for myself, but can I expect to heal the world?" An experience I had has helped me see how even prayer for oneself blesses others.

At that time my home was in Hawaii. This was before air travel was easily available, and in order to attend the annual meeting of my Christian Science Students Association in California I had to take a five-day ocean voyage. Usually I traveled with a member of my family, but this time I was to go alone. On the way to the mainland I had a room to myself, but I knew this would not occur on the return trip, since defense workers were traveling to Hawaii in large numbers and every ship was filled to capacity. One of the statements from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy that my teacher quoted in his association address seemed particularly helpful to me as I prepared for my return trip. He reminded us that Mrs. Eddy writes, "God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence." Science and Health, p. 471. I reasoned that since this is true in every situation, I didn't need to fear an incompatible traveling companion on my return trip, for I would always be in the presence of God.

A healing peace
September 1, 1986

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