Through my study of Christian Science, I’ve had many wonderful healings of serious issues such as disease, financial lack, and problematic relationships. I’ve also experienced healings of many of the little challenges that come up in daily life. Although I’m always grateful when a problem is healed as the result of prayer, for years I had a nagging feeling that praying about minor matters, such as shopping lists and vacation plans, was a bit selfish and self-indulgent—especially in view of the suffering there appears to be in the world today. However, an experience I had about ten years ago gave me new insight into the intrinsic value of prayer, no matter how big or small the situation we’re facing.
On a Sunday afternoon in September, my husband and I were by the waterfront in upstate New York, planning to take a boat ride on the Hudson River. Since we made the mistake of running an errand first, we arrived too late and missed the boat by a few minutes. I was crushed, deeply disappointed about the upheaval in our plans, and angry at myself for having run that errand.
Nevertheless, before I could continue ruminating over this, I heard myself emphatically declare: “ ‘This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it’ (Psalms 118:24). I wonder what kind of blessing He has in store for us—in fact, I can’t wait to find out!”
A few minutes later, my husband went into a store to buy a beverage. At the precise moment that he was exiting the store and walking toward me, a trolley from a nearby museum drove up with some passengers on board. I waved to the driver to stop, and we hopped on. The trolley took us through some woods alongside the river. The view on that sunny blue-sky day of trees, green fields, wheat fields, animals, creeks, and a little bridge was totally magnificent! In fact, this ride provided us with more varied views and colors than we would have seen had we been on the boat.
As I sat on the outside step of the trolley and felt the breeze on my face, I was in awe of the beauty around me. Inspired by my recent epiphany about God’s day, I heard myself quietly singing a hymn from the Christian Science Hymnal:
This is the day the Lord hath made;
Be glad, give thanks, rejoice;
Stand in His presence, unafraid,
In praise lift up your voice.
All perfect gifts are from above,
And all our blessings show
The amplitude of God’s dear love
Which every heart may know.
(Laura Lee Randall, No. 342, © CSBD)
A day later, as I was still singing that hymn, it occurred to me to look up the word amplitude. In addition to the commonly known meaning of “fullness” and “abundance,” there was a second, less familiar definition: “extent of dignity, excellence, or splendor.” The dignity, excellence, and splendor of God’s dear love had surely been manifested that Sunday. Despite the initial letdown, through prayer I was able to witness the beauty of God’s creation, resulting in a perfectly lovely afternoon.
In the Christian Science textbook, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “The God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 473). And in one of her other writings, she further explains: “Now this self-same God is our helper. He pities us. He has mercy upon us, and guides every event of our careers” (Unity of Good, pp. 3–4).
This experience opened my eyes to some profound and fundamental truths. It became clear to me that God’s love is present both during more serious challenges and in the minutiae of our daily lives. And I realized that whenever we pray—regardless of the circumstances—we are tapping into the omnipresence and omnipotence of God, good. Prayer causes our spiritual light to shine, and this light not only blesses us, but it also radiates outward, bringing comfort and healing to others as well.
Turning our moments and our days over to God uplifts our daily experiences. And when challenging events occur, trusting in Him shields us from falling into the trap of fearing or reacting to them. We can rest in our understanding that, regardless of what’s going on “out there,” each moment is in fact governed by God alone.
I often enjoy pondering a favorite Bible verse: “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalms 119:18, English Standard Version). Maintaining this view is spiritually refreshing, and it harmonizes our experience, and brings its own innate reward. As we walk through our daily lives, let us declare with conviction the spiritual truth—that today is God’s day, and we are at this very moment eternally blessed.
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