Unified Prayer – Response to 9/11

Unified Prayer - Response to 9/11

A guest post written by Seaward B. Grant

I think most of us remember where we were when this nation was attacked September 11th, a decade ago. I can remember feeling so lost and in disbelief, even though I was thousands of miles away, safe in the South Pacific. Something just welled within me – wanting to unite with those that went through such tragedy.

Since then I have longed for a better way of dealing with such aggressive and depressing pictures of terror, and most of the world continues to instinctively turn to a power higher than them to deal with the aftermath of those lingering questions.

Mary Baker Eddy, humanitarian and best-selling author, had much to say about ending wars during her lifetime (1821–1910). Her religious upbringing paved the way for this healing response:

“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures).

Reading Eddy’s literature, I realized that her warfare of injustice was being fought through prayer alone and with the support of “All mighty God,” whom she understood to be ultimately good, as demonstrated by Christ Jesus.

Unified prayer seems to be gaining ground as we get closer to the anniversary of such a terrible attack, which was felt throughout the world. Organizers around the globe will be in deep thought, rousing people out of the ashes of anguish and calling upon each of us — “What can I do to help mankind overcome any disunion or hatred of another?”

An advisor to Churchill, during another war effort, organized a group of individuals to pray collectively for the safety of England and its people. We can be grateful to those organizing and participating in unified prayer today (an example is the recently organized daily moment of silent prayer at 9 p.m. EST).

A special live healing response titled “10 years later: Love is the Victor” will be given by Marta Greenwood, CSB, President of The Mother Church this September 11 and is sponsored by The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston. (Listen live to the audio stream at 7pm EST at www.ChristianScience.com/september11.

As our nation continues to build a safer tomorrow, let us not forget our forefathers and mothers who were determined to live in a democracy, never forgetting the power of prayer.

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Guest We are pleased to present Notes from the Field authors, who are assistant committees and church members in the Southern California region; and Notes from The Mother Church authors, who are Committees from the United States and around the world, as well as the Federal Committee on Publication office.


  1. Ame says

    Love it. Thank you for sharing! I remember being at Prin College and having a special prayer meeting in September 2001. Prayer is powerful – and we are unified by it’s power!

  2. Rhonda says

    Thank you for the info on the silent prayer tonight and the web site for Marta Greenwood’s talk on the 11th. Prayer definitely is the best response to this sad anniversary…bring comfort, healing and hope to all.

  3. Molly Byers says

    Thank you for this healing response. As I write, 9/11 is nearly complete, and I’m FEELING the healing affect all around me, not only in the quiet peace settling in, but also the maturity of thought which continues to progress to a higher level, trusting and seeing God’s hand in everything. How far we have become as a nation from that fateful day ten years ago! My heart rejoices in that progress and the decided turning to Divine Love which will continue to conquer all evil. Thanks also to Marta for her previous message.