A guest post written by Anne Stearns Condon
The time is urgent for new ways of thinking and acting. Mental and physical health are increasingly out of balance in far too many lives, and the effect on society has become devastating.
Centuries ago the greatest teacher and practitioner of sound minds and healthy bodies was Christ Jesus. He came to earth to bring salvation to the world, that is, freedom from sin, sickness, and death. He fulfilled his mission gloriously and told his followers that, if they believed on him, they too could do the same healing works (John 14:12).
But today is there much faith in the ability of Christ’s words and works to transform how people think and act? Are fear and unbelief the leading factors in a world that seems too chaotic for ancient teachings to do much good? Each one must ultimately decide.
I made my decision years ago when my children were small. I realized I had two choices. I could cultivate faith in the power of God to protect the children from mental and physical harm, or allow fear of what could happen to them to rule the day.
I took my cue from the pages of the Bible. I discovered that God is Love, Life, Truth, Spirit. Studying Jesus’ life, I learned how his expression of God’s unconditional love and compassion healed the sick and the sinning. The spirit of God was always with him because he was always with God. I taught these spiritual truths to my children throughout their formative years..
An example of God’s protection shared by my daughter and me happened when she was a teenager and away from home. One night I awoke in extreme fear for her safety. A verse from a poem entitled “Mother’s Evening Prayer” by Mary Baker Eddy came to thought.
I prayed diligently with these words: “O gentle presence, peace and joy and power; / O Life divine that owns each waiting hour, / Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltering flight! / Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight.”
I still remember how God’s presence and power began to gradually envelop me. I grew confident, knowing that His love was guarding her, no matter how faltering her steps might be. I soon felt peaceful.
When she returned home, she asked if I’d prayed for her at a specific time. The following is her side of the story, which indeed coincided with my prayers:
She found herself alone in unfamiliar surroundings and suddenly enclosed in a circle of young men. A moment of terror gripped her but quickly thinking of God, she humbly asked for deliverance from fear. She stood quietly. Then in a calm voice she said, “Please don’t do this.” Without a word, two men opened the circle and she walked away safely.
God is all powerful. This experience proved to me that absolute faith in Him can dissolve fear, and it can demonstrate His infinite power in daily life.