The power of one God and one’s prayers

I was working at a university in New York City during the Vietnam War. Campus protests were heating up, and one day my coworkers and I were told that demonstrators had caused physical damage to one administrative building and were now headed to ours. Most of those in my office left to watch what would happen. But I decided to remain at my desk and pray. This was a natural response for me, as I often prayed to see conflicts resolved.

I thought about a previous college experience, where I had seen potential conflict completely dissolve after I read this statement in an issue of the Sentinel: “. . . there [can’t] be anything but Love between God’s children” (“It worked, Mommie. It worked!” Leta Bailey, May 23, 1964). This idea had struck me, and stayed with me, as a profound, spiritual fact. 

God and His ideas are one, and therefore, all of God’s ideas—all people—coexist with one another in that divine oneness. Jesus claimed this unity with God as the basis of the good works he did when he declared, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). And Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy tells us, “The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God’s will must be universally done” (p. 202). But it’s not enough to simply know these as nice thoughts; we must demonstrate them in our lives as the truth of being. 

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