First response

How to be panic-free, with God's help

Our high-school senior was interviewing at a prospective college, inquiring about the adventure-based recreation program (his intended major), when someone mentioned that one of the required classes is instruction in "first response." It covers wilderness emergency procedures and leads to certification in what is called Wilderness First Responder. In the wilderness, a first responder would need to be able to provide leadership and practical support in the event of injury, illness, or danger.

As I sat there with our son hearing those words, "first response," and thinking about help in an emergency situation, my thoughts automatically went to God. Being a lifelong, church-going Christian, and in more recent years a student of the Bible and of the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, I have read and heard many accounts of every difficulty imaginable being resolved by turning first and only to God. And I have experienced this divine help myself. To me, now, turning to God is the "first response."

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